The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says a total of 923,486 candidates, out of 1,559,162 who sat for the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination obtained credit passes in Mathematics and English.
The figure, which represents 59.22 per cent, is an improvement on the percentage of school candidates who obtained credit passes in Mathematics and English in the 2015 and 2016 diets of the examination.
While 38.68 per cent obtained credit passes in Maths and English in 2015, the percentage for 2016 was 52.97 per cent.
However, the results of 214, 952 candidates, representing 13.79 per cent in the 2017 WASSCE, are being withheld by the West African Examinations Council.
The Head of National Office, WAEC, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said this on Monday during a briefing to announce the results of the examination in Lagos.
Adenipekun also announced that the conduct of the first additional WASSCE diet for private candidates would begin between January and February 2018.
He said, “Out of the total number of candidates that day for the examination, 1,471,151 candidates, representing 94.36 per cent, have their results fully processed and released, while 95,734 candidates, representing 5.64 per cent, have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.
“Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released.”