No Candidate From Sokoto, Zamfara Govt Schools As WASSCE Begins May 16

No Candidate From Sokoto, Zamfara Govt Schools As WASSCE Begins May 16

Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed that no candidates from the public schools in Sokoto and Zamfara States have been officially presented to the Council for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which begins  from May 16 to June 23.

The Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr. Patrick  Areghan, disclosed this on Monday while addressing newsmen on the Council’s preparations and readiness for the conduct of the examination in Nigeria.

Areghan however stated that  private schools in the states had registered their candidates for the examination adding that he was yet to ascertain why candidates from public schools in the states were not registered.

He revealed that over 1.6million candidates from 20,221 schools have registered for the examination out of which 800,055 (49.76%) are males while 800,724 representing 50.24% are females.

Areghan explained that candidates would be examined in 76 subjects, made up of 197 papers while about 30,000 practicing senior teachers, nominated by various Ministries of Education, would be participating in the examination as supervisors.

He stated that even though National Identification Number (NIN) was made a component of the registration process; it was not a compulsory requirement in order not to disqualify many candidates.

He added that no candidate was denied registration as a result of non-submission of NIN.

Areghan maintained that the Council will not tolerate examination malpractice of any kind adding that penalties for involvement in any form of examination malpractice would be meted out to erring candidates, supervisors, schools as would be approved by the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).

He therefore called on parents and guardians to admonish their wards to study hard and desist from any form of examination malpractice.

He also warned supervisors to desist from aiding and abetting examination malpractice by assisting candidates, urging them not to allow the students enter the examination hall with their phones. 

“I want to specifically warn supervisors to desist from aiding and abetting examination malpractice by assisting candidates, one way or the other, especially by allowing them to enter the examination hall with their cell phones and make use of the same. This is shameful and indecorous. We shall fish them out and deal with them. All hands must be on deck to sanitise the education sector,” he said.


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