Over one million (1,081,020) out of the over 1.5 million (1,510, 624) candidates who sat for the West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) between 2011 and 2016 failed to secure grades A1 to C6 in the three core subjects required for admission into tertiary institutions.
The cut-off point for admission into universities in the country is A1 – C6.
Data from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) analysed by The Finder revealed that only 429,604 out of the over 1.5 million (1,510, 624) candidates who sat for WASSCE within the six-year period (2011 to 2016) obtained grades A1 to C6 in the key core subjects.
The 429,604 candidates who secured A1 to C6 within the six-year period constitute 28.44% while the over one million (1,081,020) who obtained grades D7 – F9, considered as not good enough for admission into tertiary institutions, constitute 71.56%.
These were contained in a document titled ‘Performance statics at Grade A1 to C6 in six subjects including Maths, English and Integrated Science or Social Studies (WASSCE 2011 to 2016)’.
Within the period, the data revealed that over 1.5 million (1,518,248) candidates registered for WASSCE but 7,621 were absent.
Therefore, the total number of candidates who took the examination was 1.5 million (1,510, 624).
2016 WASSCE breakdown
67,413 (24.7197%) obtained A1 – C6
According to the data, 67,413 candidates, representing 24.7197% out of the 272,710 candidates who wrote the WASSCE for 2016, obtained grades A1 to C6.
205,297 (75.2803%) obtained D7 – F9
This means that 205,297 candidates, representing 75.2803%, obtained grades D7 to F9, which is not good for entry into tertiary institutions.
A total of 274,262 candidates registered for the exams but 1,552 were absent, leaving those who took the exams at 272,710.
2015 WASSCE breakdown
45,070 (16.8364%) obtained A1 – C6
For 2015, the candidates who registered for WASSCE were 268,812 but 1,118 did not take the exams.
At the end of the day, 45,070 candidates out of 267,694 who wrote the papers secured grades A1-C6, representing 16.8364%.
222,624 (83.2803%) obtained D7 – F9
In this regard, 222,624 candidates, representing 83.2803%, secured grades D7 to F9 and will have to re-write before they can gain admission into tertiary institutions.
2014 WASSCE breakdown
The data revealed that even though 242,159 candidates registered for WASSCE in 2014, it is 240,524 candidates who actually took the examination because 1,635 candidates were absent.
68,474 (28.4687%) obtained A1 – C6
The results revealed that 68,474 out of the 240,524 candidates, representing 28.4687%, had grades A1 – C6.
172,050 (71.6313%) obtained D7 – F9
In other words, 172,050 candidates, which constitute 71.6313%, had grades D7 and F9, which is not good enough for further studies.
2013 WASSCE breakdown
118,697 (29.1305%) obtained A1 – C6
In the year 2013, a total of 118,697 out of 407,466 candidates who sat for WASSCE obtained grades A1 – C6, representing 29.1305%.
This means 2,280 out of the 409,746 registered candidates did not take the examination.
288,769 (70.8695%) obtained D7 – F9
Consequently, 288,769 candidates, translating into 70.8695%, secured grades D7 to F9, which falls below the cut-off point for admission into tertiary institutions.
2012 WASSCE breakdown
The WAEC data for 2012 indicates that 610 candidates out of the 174,461 that registered did not write the examinations.
73,307 (42.1666%) obtained A1 – C6
Therefore, 173,851 candidates took the examinations and 73,307, representing 42.1666%, secured grades A1 – C6.
100,544 (57.8334%) obtained D7 – F9
This means 100,544 candidates, which constitute 57.8334%, obtained grades D7 to F9 and had to re-write the papers before further education.
2011 WASSCE breakdown
56,643 (38.1745%) obtained A1 – C6
The data for 2011 revealed that 56,643 of the 148,379 candidates, representing 38.1745%, obtained grades A1 – C6.
91,736 (61.8255%) obtained D7 – F9
Candidates who had grades D7 to F9 numbered 91,736, representing 61.8255%.
Even though 148,805 candidates registered for the examinations, 426 did not write the papers, leaving 148,379 who took the examinations.