The West African Examination Council has released the results of the November/ December 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates in Nigeria, stating that a total of 67,713 candidates, representing 29.33 per cent, obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
The new head of the Nigeria National Office, Mr. Olutise Adenipekun, announced the results in Lagos State on Thursday. According to the HNO, a total of 237,154 candidates sat for the examination, consisting of 124,512 male and 112,642 female candidates. This number included 37 visually challenged candidates.
Out of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 235,542 candidates, representing 99.32 per cent, have their results fully processed and released. The results of a total of 1,612 candidates, (representing 0.68 per cent) are still being processed due to some errors, traceable mainly to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination. Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates have their results.
Meanwhile, as part of the efforts of the council to continue to protect the integrity of its examinations, and to remain many steps ahead of perpetrators of examination malpractice, the council, beginning with the November/ December 2015 WASSCE, deployed another cutting-edge technology in the conduct of its examinations. This newly deployed technology is called “CredenceOne”.
“It is the intersection of mobile communications and biometric technology. It is a mobile biometric identification and verification system, built on the Android operating system. Using “CredenceOne” is as simple as using a mobile phone. It is used to initiate and complete the biometric verification of candidates’ fingerprints,” he said.
“The device is programmed to compare the scanned fingerprint template with the initial templates captured during registration and display the candidate’s details to check impersonation. The system also takes candidates’ attendance and automatically sends the records online to the remote central server for reporting. With this innovation, we can boldly say that WAEC, Nigeria now has its biometric fingerprint identification and verification system on a mobile device,” he added.