It was fascinating to hear from The Head of National Office of the WAEC, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, saying at a news conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Wednesday that The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), released the results of the May/June 2011 Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) results. This was accompanied with a news that out of the total 1,460,003 results released, over 600,000 failed English Language, indicating that about 41 % of this year's candidates failed in English language.
He also added that about 80,247 candidates who wrote the May/June examinations had their results being processed due to various errors and omissions, while 81,573 candidates had their results withheld for alleged malpractices.
According to him, out of about 1,540,250 candidates who wrote the examination, about 600,000, representing 37 %, obtained credit in Mathematics, while over 800,000, representing about 54 %, obtained credit in English Language.
Dr. Uwadiae said that the candidates whose results were withheld were found to be involved in various examination malpractices.
He then added that the council was investigating and might release some of the withheld results, while those found guilty might be barred from writing any examination organised by the body.
This is not to discourage our young people who took the exams, we just decided to let, the freedom of information. It is your right!