WAEC Releases May/June 2016 Results; 137,295 Results Withheld


West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the May/June 2016 results. The Head of the National Office of the Council, Olutishe Adenipekun, announced this on Friday, August 5, 2016.

The examinations body announced that the results of 137,295 candidates, representing 8.89 per cent of those who took the examinations, were withheld due to examination malpractice.

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WAEC Nigeria announced on Friday evening that the malpractice cases were being investigated and reports of the investigation would be presented to the appropriate committee of the Council in due course.

And that the committee’s decisions would be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools. The body also stated that of the 1, 552, 758 students who sat for the May/June 2016 exams, 878,040 candidates, representing 52.97 per cent, obtained credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics. He said:

“A total of 1,014,573 candidates, representing 65.70 per cent obtained six credits and above, 1,167,484 candidates, representing 75.60 per cent obtained five credits and above. While 1,282,204 candidates, representing 83.03 per cent obtained credit and above in four subjects.

“1,370,049 candidates, representing 88.72 per cent obtained credit and above in three subjects, 1,438,679 candidates, representing 93.16 per cent obtained credit and above in two subjects.”


Mr. Adenipekun said that candidates’ performances of candidates were more encouraging this year compared to the 31.28 per cent and 38.68 per cent recorded in 2014 and 2015 respectively in the same category.

He attributed the improvement to better commitment on the side of the students, teachers and governments at all levels, saying, “We should join hands to sustain this positive trend so that our children will reach their desired academic peak and the country better for it.”

He added however, that 158,718  candidates who sat for the same examination had a few of their subjects still being processed.

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This is due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and schools in the course of registration or writing the examination. “Such errors are however being corrected by the council to enable the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released subsequently, he said.