For the second year running, Abia State has emerged the best ranked state in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) school examination with the highest number of candidates who obtained five credits, including English Language and Mathematics.

In the May/June 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) statistics obtained by Daily Sun, Abia state retained the first position among the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) whose candidates made five credits, including English Language and Mathematics.

Also, the statistics showed that the South-South and South-East dominated the top 10 ranking. Taraba state recorded a major improvement in their students’ performance as it placed eighth in the state ranking from 21st position in 2015.

The performance chart revealed that South-South topped with Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa and Delta  placing second, third, fifth and 10th, respectively. South-East had three states in the top 10 ranking with Abia as first, Imo fourth and Anambra sixth.  The statistics further revealed that 840,144 candidates out of 1,543, 976 who sat for the school examination obtained five credits, including English Language and Mathematics, in the May/June 2016 WASSCE.

According to the ranking, Abia State, which presented 51,839 candidates recorded 81.54 per cent of students who obtained five credits with English Language and Mathematics.