WAEC Guide: What to Do If Your WASSCE Results Have Been Withheld


The West African Examinations Council on Friday announced that it has released the provisional results of school candidates who sat for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

This year, the entire results of 480 candidates who sat for the exam has been cancelled for bringing mobile phones into the examination hall.

Also the entire results of 384 candidates have been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination detected during and after the conduct of the examination. Additionally, scripts from 122 schools in certain subjects are undergoing scrutiny.

Reasons why WAEC withhold results

The Examination Council withholds the results of candidates who are suspected to have engaged in examination malpractice.

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The offence of these candidates, according to WAEC include:

1. bringing foreign material such as prepared notes, printed material and mobile phones to the examination hall
2. Collusion among candidates
3. Planned cheating which occurred with the connivance of some supervisors and school authorities

The withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations


What to do if Your WASSCE Results have been Withheld

Knowing that your results have been withheld can be very stressful, especially when you believe that you did not engage in any form of examination malpractice. What is worse is that you may not gain entry to university this year as the school you applied to as an awaiting student will not have access to your results.

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What you should do at this point is not to fret but to be calm and trust that WAEC will conclude their investigation for your results will be released.

It is anticipated that the examination council will conclude their investigations before the end of August. The withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of the investigations


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