Story: Kwabena Akyeana
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released provisional results for the 2022 West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
In a statement on Thursday, November 1, 2022, WAEC said the results relate to only Ghanaian students who took part in the exams this year.
According to the examination body, candidates can access the results on its website.
However, some 8,486 candidates who were reported by the Ghana Education Service (GES) for vandalising school property and engaging in other illicit acts will not be able to access their results.
“The affected candidates are advised to visit their schools for their results”, portions of the statement said.
In all, a total number of 422,883 candidates, comprising 203,753 males and 219,130 females from 977 schools sat for the exams.
“This figure is 5.25% lower than the 2021 entry figure of 446,352”, WAEC revealed.
‘A total number of 2,818 (0.67%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination”, the statement further disclosed.
The performance of candidates in core subjects is seen in the table below, in addition to a comparison of candidates in core subjects over the last three years (2020-2022).
Meanwhile, the Council says “the entire results of 117 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into alleged cases of impersonation detected during the examination”.
For such candidates, WAEC said their results “may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations”.
WAEC also intimated that the scripts of candidates from 179 schools in certain subjects “are being scrutinised for reported cases of collusion”.
In a related development, the subject results of 3,845 candidates have been cancelled for sending foreign material into the examination hall.
This is in addition to the entire results of 518 candidates which have been cancelled for sending mobile phones into the examination hall, WAEC said.
In concluding its statement, the Council cautioned 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 using the results verification system or by downloading the WAEC QR Code.
Institutions are also urged to always verify results presented to them to expose incidents of forgery”, it warned.
“The Council wishes to express its most sincere gratitude to all stakeholders especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Heads of School, Examination Officials, the Security Agencies, Corruption Watch, Africa Education Watch and Examiners, for their support and co-operation before, during and after the conduct of the examination”, the December 1 released ended.