Ghana 2016: WAEC Cancels Entire Results of 598 Candidates!


The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released results for the 2016 examination. The board also released a statement showing details of general students’ performance in the just concluded exams. Ghana’s 2016 WASSCE results reveal that 1,576 candidates had some of their subjects cancelled.

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According to the statement, the general performance of students in the 2016 WASSCE improved in comparison with that of 2105. However, out of the 274,262 students who sat for the examination, close to 600 candidates had their entire results cancelled.

Below is a section of WAEC’s statement on Ghana’s 2016 WASSCE Results

Following the conclusion of investigations into cases of examination malpractices detected during the conduct of the examination:

  • 1,576 candidates had their subjects results cancelled;
  • 598 candidates had their entire results cancelled;
  • 13 candidates had their entire results cancelled and have been barred from taking any of the Council’s examinations for two years mainly for impersonation during the examination.

With the aid of the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software; 2,293 candidates who were identified to have cheated in the following core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science have had their relevant subject results cancelled. The software did not detect any cheating in Social Studies. The IDP software was introduced to enable the Council detect cheating in the objective tests which hitherto, went largely unnoticed.

Additionally, the entire results of candidates presented by 85 schools have been withheld whilst investigations into alleged cases of mass cheating are being conducted.

The withheld results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable or released if otherwise.

Paper Leakages

While the 2016 West African Senior School certificate Examination (WASSCE) was on course, there were several reports of paper leakages.

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The Council, who admitted the ‘compromise’ of 3 papers indicated that they never cancelled the papers as a result of the leakages. They however, indicated that they heightened security measures to check the occurrence of such incidents in future.