What To Do If Your WAEC Result Is Withheld

Last Updated on November 8, 2020 by Ope Quadri

WAEC Result Is Withheld

Has your 2020 WASSCE result been withheld by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC)? You’re most likely worried, that’s understandable, but be sure that you’re not alone.

On this post, we’ll provide shed more light into why your SSCE result could be withheld by WAEC.

WAEC held result 2020

Expectations were high among candidates of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) last week as WAEC announced the release of their results and directed candidates to check on WAEC result checking portal, unfortunately, more than 200, 000 of them were disappointed.


WAEC withheld their results.

What does “held” result mean?

You can’t confidently say if you passed or failed when your result is withheld. You’re in the dark. You don’t know your fate.

You’re at a cross-road. You can’t proceed with anything. Your ambition to gain admission to a high institution of your choice will automatically be put on hold.

In 2020, the examination body disclosed that results of 215,149 candidates who sat for the exam were withheld, representing 13.98% of the total number of candidates who wrote the examination.

What could make WAEC to withhold result?

When your WAEC result is withheld it means your centre was got a bad report from the supervisor during the examination period.

It doesn’t mean you cheated, but infractions on the examination guidelines by wither a student of a teacher at the centre could make a supervisor write a bad report about your exam centre.

When this happens, some results could be withheld or the entire centre could be affected by the decision of the examination body.

The major reason why your result could be held is: Examination Malpractice.

When will WAEC withheld result be released?

This depends on the level of allegation filed against you or your centre. If it is a case of exam malpractice, WAEC will investigate.

WAEC Result Is Withheld

The Head of WAEC Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, during press briefing disclosed that “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course.”

This way, the Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various centres (schools)

What to do if your result is held

Here are some of the few things you can do if you affected by a decision of WAEC to hold your result, they are:

  • Keep in touch with your school (centre)
  • Keep in touch with colleagues who are in the same shoe as you
  • Keep checking online

Should I keep my hope alive?

Definitely, if you’re sure that your centre didn’t indulge or aid exam malpractices in the course of the conduct of the exam.

All you need do is give the exam body some time to investigate.

Difference between Withheld and Outstanding Result

While held result is on the part of the student or his centre, an outstanding result is an error arising from the WAEC.

An outstanding result shows error when you try to access your grade on the official portal of WAEC.

During the 2020 exam, Areghan stated that “81,718 candidates, representing 5.31% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors on the part of the candidates.

This means you need not be worried, WAEC will speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates get their results fully processed and released, subsequently.

Final thought:

If all you see on WAEC portal is nine or eight “withheld” keep calm, keep checking as there is no definite date for the release of the withheld result.


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