WAEC: Why exams would May/June as fee goes up

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Mr. Patrick Areghan, Head of Nigeria National Office, West African Examination Council (WAEC), has said that from 2022, the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), would revert to the May/June calendar.

Recall that in recent times, WAEC had conducted WASSCE between August and October.

Areghan made this, on Monday, while announcing 2021 results at the WAEC national office, Yaba, Lagos State.
According to him, “Let me thank the Federal and the various Ministries of Education for working so hard to stabilise the academic calendar.
Accordingly, as a result of the return to normalcy, the Honourable Minister of Education has requested that the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022 should be conducted in May/June 2022.”

Areghan also said that the examinations body had communicated to the Registrar to Council, in Accra, Ghana.

He also said the Ghana head officer had assured the Nigerian office that the proposal would be reckoned with in drawing up the International time-table for the examination.

“And so, by the special grace of God, the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022 will be taking place in May/June 2022.  Entries for the examination will be floated on Monday, December 6, 2021.”

In a similar vein, Mr. Areghan also disclosed that from 2022, the cost of registration for the WASSCE has been jerked up from N13,950 to N18,000 to meet the demands of economic reality.

Areghan continued, “Owing to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic which has brought the global economy to its knees, the unabating spiraling inflation in the country as can be seen in the general cost of doing business and the multiplier effect of the unabating insecurity in the country which have consequential effects on the cost of our operations, it is no longer possible to continue to provide services with the current fee of N13, 950.00 per candidate.

“Furthermore, our ad-hoc workers; supervisors, examiners, checkers, item writers and indeed, all examination functionaries, have been agitating for improved remunerations. We have received approval from the appropriate quarters with effect from the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022, to charge N18, 000.00 per candidate.”
The examinations body is therefore calling on all schools principals to collect N18,000.00  per candidate for registration.

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