The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of candidates who took part in the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates (WASSCE).

The 2017 WASSCE results has been published online at the Council's website for candidates to access their results.

Prior to this, the council is alerting candidates to beware of impostors who promise to change examination results for a fee as the results are well secured. Anyone who tries to forge results will be exposed and dealt accordingly.


According to the council’ s Head of National Office in Nigeria, there has been an improvement in the WASSCE results this year as compared to the two preceding years.

Mr. Olu Adenipekun, however, made mention of 214,952 results of candidates, which were being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. He added that, of the 1,559,162 candidates that sat for the examination, 1,471,151, representing 94.36% of the results has been fully processed and released.

Candidates are therefore encouraged to check their results online and gird their loins as the admission results of the various tertiary institutions would be made available soon.


A total of 289,210 candidates entered for the examination. This figure is 5.45% higher than the 2016 candidature of 274,262. The 2017 entry figure was made up of 147,591 (51%) males and 141,619 (49%) females.

The examination was conducted for 916 participating schools. A total of 1,732 (0.60%) of the candidates who registered were absent from the examination. The performance of the candidates in regard to the four core subjects are as follows:


  • 155,077 (54.06%) obtained A1-C6;
  • 73,409 (25.59%) obtained D7-E8 while
  • 58,351 (20.35%) had F9;


  • 122,450 (42.73%) obtained A1-C6;
  • 106,024 (37%) obtained D7-E8 while
  • 58,070 (20.27%) had F9;


  • 125,204 (43.66%) obtained A1-C6;
  • 84,851 (29.59%) obtained D7-E8 whilst
  • 76,693 (26.75%) had F9;


  • 149,806 (52.25%) obtained A1-C6;
  • 69,795 (24.35%) obtained D7-E8 whilst
  • 67,078 (23.40%) had F9.

Based on the provisional results, the performance at A1 - C6 in Mathematics showed a marked improvement over that of 2016 (32.83% to 42.73%), while English Language recorded a slight improvement (53.19% to 54.06%).

On the contrary, Integrated Science showed a slight drop from the 2016 performance (48.48% to 43.66%). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in Social Studies (54.93% to 52.25%).


The entire results of candidates from 185 schools have been withheld as a result of the conclusion made from various investigations on cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.

This includes results of candidates from 31 schools who were detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to have cheated in objective tests.

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

Concluding, WAEC expressed appreciation to all stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Supervisors, Invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, Examiners and all who in various ways helped in the successful conduct of the examination and the timeous release of results.