Girl Power: 4,700 Girls Score Higher than Boys in 2019 WASSCE

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Written by Glory Joseph

It seems like the GirlPower movement is coming over to Nigeria! as a total of four thousand, seven hundred and ninety five (4,795) more girls actually scored better than boys in the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates which were released Friday, 26th July 2019 by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Surprisingly, more than 52,000 boys registered and participated in the examination than girls. Details published by the WAEC board disclosed than despite the fact that a total of 822,098 boys sat for the examination, whereas the numbers of girls who sat for the exercise are 768,075.

Speaking on the 2019 Waec result, the Head of National Office (HNO), Olu Adenipekun, said at a press briefing to announce the results Friday at the Council’s Yaba Headquarters that a total of 64.12 percent (1,020,519) of the 1,590,173 candidates that wrote the 2019 WASSCE made credits in five subjects, which include the English language and Mathematics. While 50.23 percent of these 1,020,519 were girls, whereas 49.77 percent were boys who sat for the examination.

Olu Adenipekun said and I quote below:

“One million and twenty thousand five hundred and nineteen (1,020,519) candidates representing 64.18 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

“Out of the 1,020,519 candidates who sat for the WAEC exercise, a total of 507,862 i.e. 49.77 percent were male candidates, and 512,657 I.e. 50.23 percent were female candidates.”

Speaking on examination malpractice, Olu Adenipekun disclosed that a total of 11.33 percent (180,205) candidates have their results withheld and they are currently pending investigations into their involvement in fraud during the Examination.

Will Waec Charge For Checking Result?

A reporter who was present at the press briefing asked a question about school owners charging candidates before releasing their certificates, Mr. Olu Adenipekun said that the Council does not charge extra for WASSCE certificates outside the examination fees which was paid during registration. He said schools that charge extra for certificates did so for their own pockets and may be arrested.

He said: “the West Africa examination board, WAEC does not charge any separate fee for other things as certificates/covers for waec certificates. The only fee charged by Waec is the fee paid by each candidate during registration only.”

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Glory Joseph

A graduate of Medicine From Imsu, Current Nurse, Medical book reader, Nigeria tertiary institution news anchor. I virtually know all Varsities in Nigeria!

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