Following the release of the 2022 WASSCE results, the West African Examinations Council has given meaning to some four examination results terminologies that will be useful to students, particularly those who sat for this year’s exams.
The explanation comes after WAEC said the subject results of 3,845 WASSCE students have been cancelled for sending foreign materials to the exams hall. The entire results of 518 candidates have also been cancelled for the same offence.
“The entire results of 117 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of the investigation into alleged cases of impersonation detected during the examination,” the Council said in a statement shared with AcademicWeek.com.
For withheld results, an official of the non-profit-making organization has said his outfit after the conclusion of an investigation into the suspected examination malpractice will release the results based on the outcome of the probe.
The investigation process, the staff of WAEC said will not take longer than 31 days. He indicated in some cases, it does take longer as the West African Examinations Council has not specified any date to release the WASSCE results.
In a discussion with AcademicWeek, he said “held results’ means candidates violated the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examination. The West African Examinations Council and stakeholders will meet to decide on that.
“Outstanding’ means pending. This is when errors made by the final year students during registration and or administration of the examination are being corrected and results released after necessary corrections are done.
However, in cases of cancelled results, a decision is taken to declare the candidate’s performance in a subject or the entire exam null and void because the candidate engaged in malpractice before, during or after the examination.
Here’s why WAEC has withheld your WASSCE result
Following the above explanations from WAEC on some examination results terminologies, We have conducted a little research on some possible causes that could lead to the block of results of some students who sat for the WASSCE
1. Double handwriting: a little notice of any change in your answer booklet is an automatic violation of the rule laid by WAEC. exchanging your answer booklet or tearing part of the answer sheet can lead to withholding of your results.
2. Rude behaviour: many candidate results were withheld for lack of good conduct and behaviour during the conduct of the exams. No student or teacher has the right to behave rudely to any official of WAEC.
The WAEC officials supervising the conduct of the examination should be respected in all ramifications. A single look at your examination registration number may lead to a problem if you offend any of the exam officials.
3. Mass cheating and impersonation: impersonation is very common in the internal examination and if it was discovered that someone was present in your absence, you may never see your result again.
4. Copy Paste: one of the rules that govern the Examinations Council frown at the habit of partnership in the examination. It’s not advisable to copy from the person sitting close or far away from you in the examination hall.
5. Cheating: cheating in the examination hall is the worst form of examination malpractice any candidate can commit. Any candidate that is caught with authorised or foreign material in the exam hall is likely to rewrite the examination.
6. Centres known misconduct: some centres have always been known for mass cheating and these centres have been marked by WAEC. Any centre that indulges in the habit of mass cheating in the WAEC exam is likely to be blacklisted.
At such centres, about 70% or 100% of the candidates may have their results withheld by the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for a thorough investigation into the unfortunate incident.