The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has released a report on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Nigeria from 2019 to 2021.
According to the report which is based on verified and validated data from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), a total of 1.53 million candidates sat for the WASSCE in 2020, indicating a decline of 3.25% compared to 1.58 million in 2019.
Of this, private and public schools recorded 707,478 and 830,756 candidates, lower compared to 710,552 and 879,431 respectively in 2019.
By 2021, the total candidates who sat for the examination was 1.56 million, an increase of 1.42% from 1.53 million in 2020.
Out of this, 721,666 sat in private schools, indicating an increase of 2.01% compared to the preceding year, while 838,486 sat in public schools, showing an increase of 0.93%.
This further shows higher candidates in public schools than in private schools.
The NBS analysis by geo-political zone showed that the southwest recorded the highest candidates over the reporting period, followed by the south-south.
This report lists the top 10 states with the least WASSCE performance in 2021, according to the NBS report.
Note that this performance is for public schools and focus on students with five credits including Mathematics and English language.
Checks indicate that seven of the listed states are from the north while the remaining three are from the south.