The results of some 2,061 candidates who partook in the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) have been withheld by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at WAEC, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, announcing the release of the provisional results of the 2018 BECE.
Every year, a significant number of candidates who sit for WAEC exams are investigated for various cases of examination malpractice.
Whilst some have called for a more radical approach in dealing with the cancer of examination malpractice, others have opined that the fight against examination malpractice is one that can never be won by the examination body.
This year’s BECE, which had a total of 509,827 registered students from over 16,060 schools across the country saw the entire results of some 83 candidates cancelled for bringing mobile phones into examination halls and receiving external assistance.
Also the subject results of 134 candidates were canceled for bringing foreign materials into the examination hall.
A total of 509,827 candidates made up of 263,291 males and 246,536 females sat for the examination.
The figure is 8.92% higher than that of the previous year.
The candidates were from a total of 16,060 schools and the examination was held at 1,772 centers.
Out of those who initially registered for the examination, (0.93%) of the candidates were absent.
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