The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has withheld results of 262,803 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, candidates.
Patrick Areghan, the council’s head of National Office, gave the figures at a news conference held to announce the release of the results.
He said there were various cases of examination malpractice, and this was why the body withheld the results.
According to him, the figure represents 16.29% of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination.
He said that this was 6.54% lower than the 22.83% recorded in the same diet for School Candidates in 2022.
Furthermore, Areghan said candidates who were expecting to cheat were disappointed as the council put mechanisms in place to thwart it.
“The reasons for this are not far-fetched.
“”Candidates are no longer ready to study. They lack self-confidence and preparations for examinations are poor.
“There is over-reliance on the so-called ‘Expo’, which is non-existent.
“Candidates got frustrated when they got to the examination hall and discovered that all they had celebrated was fake.
“This has pitiably led to some of them failing the examination,” The WAEC spokesperson said.