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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has said a total number of 1,339 subject results and the entire results of 174 candidates who sat the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Ghana, “have been cancelled for various examination malpractices such as bringing foreign material including mobile phones into the examination hall, tearing off parts of question papers and collusion”.
A statement dated 8 December 2021 and signed by the head of public affairs, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, announcing the provisional results of the exam, said: “The entire results of 3,667 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination”.
Also, the statement said: “The scripts of candidates from 194 schools in certain subjects have also been withheld and are being scrutinized”.
WAEC said the withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations.
Read excerpts of the statement below:
RELEASE OF PROVISIONAL RESULTS WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (WASSCE) FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES 2021
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) wishes to announce for the information of the general public that it has released provisional results of candidates, who sat for the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021 in Ghana. The Council will make available login details to Heads of school to enable them to print the statement of results of their candidates. candidates are therefore advised to contact their Heads of school for their results.
Meanwhile, the Council has hosted the results online and candidates who so desire, may access their results at the Council’s website or dial the shortcode *944#.
The Council is cautioning all stakeholders especially candidates to be on the alert and not fall prey to the activities of scammers who promise to upgrade results for a fee. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are secured and can be authenticated. Institutions are therefore urged to always verify results presented to them to expose incidents of forgery.
A total of 446,352 candidates, made up of 221,439 (49.6 %) males and 224,913 (50.4 %) females from 965 schools entered for the examination.
This figure is 18.8% higher than the 2020 figure of 375,763.
A total of 3,545 (0.79 %) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination.
WASSCE(SC) 2021 PERFORMANCE OF CANDIDATES
The performance of the candidates with respect to the four core subjects are as follows:
English Language: Al-C6 – 238,819 (54.08%) D7 50,255 (11.38%) E8 – 39,760 (9.00%) F9 – 61,778 (13.99%)
Mathematics (Core): Al-C6 – 238,539 (54.11 %) D7 39,547 (8.97%) E8 – 45,526 (10.33%) F9 – 88,631 (20.11%)
Integrated Science: Al-C6 – 289,329 (65.70%) E8 – 41,686 (9.47%) D7 66,178 (15.03%) F9 – 20,599 (4.68%)
Social Studies: Al-C6 – 290,545 (66.03%) E8 – 33,671 (7.65%) D7 41,506 (9.43%) F9 – 64,184 (14.59%)
The provisional results indicate, as shown in the table above, that there were improvements in the performance of candidates at grades A1 to C6 in Integrated Science and Social Studies in 2021 as against 2020.
On the other hand, English Language and Mathematics (Core) recorded a decline in the performance of candidates at grades A1 to C6 in 2021 as compared to 2020.
A total number of 1,339 subject results and 174 entire results have been cancelled for various examination malpractices such as bringing foreign material including mobile phones into the examination hall, tearing off parts of question papers and collusion.
This follows the approval of the 31st Meeting of the Ghana Examinations Committee held in October 2021.
The entire results of 3,667 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.
The scripts of candidates from 194 schools in certain subjects have also been withheld and are being scrutinised.
The withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations.
The Council wishes to express its sincerest gratitude to all stakeholders especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, the Security Agencies and Examiners, for their support and co-operation during the conduct of the examination and release of results.