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2018 WASSCE WAEC withholds entire results of 26,434 WASSCE candidates

According to WAEC, the results have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice.

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Some students sitting for WASSCE play

Some students sitting for WASSCE

The entire results of 26,434 candidates who wrote this year's West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has been withheld, the West African Examination Council has announced in a statement.

According to WAEC, the results have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice.

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"The entire results of 26,434 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination," the statement said. "The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable, or released if otherwise."

The statement also announced the release of the provisional results of the 2018 WASSCE exams.

"The Council will despatch the results to the schools and candidates are advised to contact their heads of school for their results," a statement said.

The council adds that it has hosted the results online and candidates who so desire, may access their results at the Council's website.

"The Council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be wary of impostors, who promise to change examination results for a fee. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed," the statement warned.

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A total of 316,999 candidates sat for the exams, 9.6 percent higher than the 2017 candidature of 289,207.

The 2018 entry figure was made up of 158,550 (50.02 %) males and 158,449 (49.98%) females. The examination was conducted for 946 participating schools. A total of 1,378 (0.43%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination

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