The WAEC May/June 2014 examination results have just been released, the Monrovia Head Office of the West African Examination Council has said.
So too, the latest information reaching our Education Desk reveals that the WAEC has released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results.
Unfortunately, the results show that students failed Mathematics and English Language portions of the exams “massively”.
Head of the WAEC National Office in Monrovia, Charles Eguridu, who announced the results on Monday at the WAEC office, said “a total of 529,425 candidates, representing 31.28% of those who took the exams, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.”
He noted that when compared to the 2012 and 2013 May/June WASSCE diets, there was marginal decline in the performance of candidates as 38.81 per cent was recorded in 2012 and 36.57 per cent in 2013.
Mr. Eguridu told newsmen that the results of 145,795 candidates, representing 8.61%, are being withheld in connection with various types of examination malpractice.
“The cases are being investigated and the findings will be presented in November to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).”
John Y. Gayvolor of the Monrovia Head of Office, when contacted by the Daily Observer yesterday, reserved comment until further notice. He did not elaborate.
However, candidates are of the opinion that they will pass the WAEC component of the exam as compared to the WASSCE, “because the WASSCE was just a pilot project for in Liberia,” some the candidates claimed.
The WAEC, a non-profit organization headquartered in Accra, Ghana, was established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951.
Liberia, however, became the fifth member of the Council in 1974.
The enactment of the Ordinances was based on the Jeffrey Report, which strongly supported the proposal for the setting up of a regional examining board to harmonize and standardize pre-university assessment procedures in the then British West Africa.
The main objectives are to conduct examinations in the public interest; and to award certificates, provided that the certificates did not represent lower standards of attainment than equivalent certificates of examining authorities in the United Kingdom.