A total of 1.53 million candidates sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination 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. Analysis by geo-political zone showed that the South-West recorded the highest candidates over the reporting period, followed by the South-South.
Data source: National Bureau of Statistics