WAEC withholds results from 13 debtor states

Hundreds of thousands of government-sponsored candidates from 13 debtor states  who sat for the May/June 2015 West African Senior Secondary School Examinations (WASSCE) will not be able to access their results which were released yesterday.
WAEC’s Head of National Office, Mr Charles Eguridu, said at a news conference in Lagos yesterday that the examination body would not release the results until the affected state governments pay or showed seriousness to pay the examination fees by issuing advance payment guarantees from reputable banks.
According to him, states contemplating the idea of issuing promissory notes on letter-head papers should simply forget it because it will not be honoured.
“You would recall that when I addressed you on this issue on July 27, I alerted the nation on the challenges which the council is facing in Nigeria as a result of this indebtedness, and its adverse effects on our operations. I had stated then that the council may be constrained from releasing the results of government-sponsored candidates of the affected states.
“After my pronouncement, a few of the debtor states responded by paying their debts fully or partially while a few others made promises, indicating their willingness to pay as soon as they are able to do so. Others have not made any efforts in addressing the matter.
“After reviewing the situation, the council decided that the results of government-sponsored candidates of indebted states would be released if such states endeavour to produce bank guarantees, so that the council will be assured that the fees will be paid,” Eguridu said.
He said the decision was in view of the  prevailing economic challenges in the country, and in order not to jeopardise the educational careers of the candidates of the indebted states. He however refused to name the affected states, saying though the number had reduced from 19 to 13, he would still not want the situation to be explored for political reasons.
977,072 candidates representing 61.32 percent of the number of those who sat for the examination failed as only 38.68 percent  scored five credits including Mathematics and
English Language. However, when compared to the 2014 examinations, there is a marginal improvement of eight percent”.

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