2024 WASSCE begins Tuesday with 1,814,344 candidates

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By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says that 1,814,344 candidates from 22,239 schools, registered for the 2024 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The council’s Head of National Office (HNO), Dr Josiah Dangut stated this at a pre-examination interactive session with newsmen on Monday in Lagos.

He disclosed that candidates would be examined in 76 subjects, made up of 197 papers, with about 30,000 practicing Senior Secondary school teachers, nominated by various Ministries of Education, to supervise the examination.

“I want to intimate you all about the level of readiness of council, for its upcoming 2024 WASSCE (school candidates).

“All is now set for the commencement of the examination, fixed for Tuesday, April 30 to Monday, June 24 in Nigeria, spanning seven weeks and six days.

“This examination will be conducted in four WAEC member countries, namely, Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra-Leone and Liberia.

“Out of the total number of candidates that registered for the examination, 902,328 are male, while 912,016 others are females,” he stated.

According to him, the statistics shows that there is a further increase in the number of female and male that registered for the examination respectively, when compared to what was obtained in 2023.

Dangut added that on the whole, the candidature for this year, increased by 192,948.

The WAEC boss noted that in line with the directive of the Federal Government, the National Identification Number (NIN) was made a component of the registration process.

He added that the registration portal allowed candidates to submit their NIN.

On the issue of insecurity during the conduct of the examination nationwide, Dangut explained that council had stepped up efforts in ensuring extra security arrangements, especially in security prone areas.

“We cannot feign ignorance of the level of insecurity in the country.

“Conducting examinations has been challenging. Instances of insecurity exist in many places across the country and conducting examinations in insecurity-prone areas would require extra security arrangements.

“Consequently, we are liaising with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and state governments, to provide adequate security to ensure that the examination is conducted nationally, in a safe and secured environment,” he said.

On the issue of examination malpractice, the HNO warned that council would not hesitate to deal decisively with candidates and examination functionaries, who engaged in such act.

According to him, penalties for involvement in examination malpractice are meted out on erring candidates, supervisors and schools, upon establishment of culpability, by the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC).

“The NEC is the highest decision-making organ of the council, that sits on examination matters in Nigeria.

“The council, on its part, has rolled out several awareness campaigns nationwide and organised seminars for school proprietors, principals, students and other key stakeholders, to sensitize them on the immediate and long-drawn effects of examination malpractice.

“Similarly, flyers, banners, posters and other forms of reminders to further keep the message fresh in the minds of all stakeholders and candidates sitting the examination have been rolled out.

“It is therefore, on this note that, I call on parents and guardians to encourage their wards to study diligently and desist from engaging in any form of examination malpractices.

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“The mass media must come in handy, as efforts to rid our nation of this menace is a collective responsibility.

“The various ministries of education should call their principals, teachers and other officials serving as inspectors and/or supervisors, to order,” he said.

He also urged school principals and teachers to sensitize their students on the dangers of engaging in what he described as ‘terrible crime’ against humanity.

“Every candidate and examination functionary must play by the rules, which are well stipulated in the WAEC examination Syllabuses and Guidelines, for the conduct of examination, issued to schools.

“Erring schools would be derecognised, erring officials adequately punished, while erring candidates would lose their results, if found culpable,” he warned.

He also warned all operators of rogue websites to desist from their acts, noting that WAEC would not condone their heinous acts, during the conduct of the forthcoming examination.

“Parents are hereby cautioned to desist from patronising these evil-doers, who are hell-bent on frustrating the efforts of WAEC,” he said.

According to him, to further provide resource materials to aid candidates’ learning, WAEC has now introduced a compilation of past questions, with the marking schemes.

He noted that with the development, council was optimistic that candidates would use the booklets to enhance their study and preparedness for the examination.

The HNO added that already, WAEC had made available, its e-learning portal to assist candidates by providing learning materials, that would equip them with the requirements and expectations needed to write and pass their examination.

Dangut noted that this was with a view to proffering general guidance to teachers and other stakeholders.

“Students’ performances on previous examinations are analyzed, with regard to their general strengths and weaknesses, providing expert advice on the requirements for answering WASSCE questions.

“Candidates should visit https://WAEConline.org.ng for this service,” he said.

On the release of results, the HNO said in tune with council’s recent tradition, the results of candidates sitting the examination would be released, 45 days after the conduct of the last paper.

Dangut said that certificates would be printed and issued to schools in less than 90 days, after the release of results.

“Meanwhile, the results will be released alongside the digital copies of candidates’ certificates, which can be accessed on the Digital Certificate platform.

“I, therefore, ask that all hands be on deck, to ensure that WASSCE for School Candidates, 2024, is hitch-free.

“However, non-adherence to the registration deadline is still a lingering challenge in preparation for examinations.

“It may surprise you to hear that even though entries were floated by Dec. 5, 2023 and the registration exercise was scheduled to finally end on April 3, the council continued to extend its deadline on registration until late April, due to requests from different stakeholders.

“Such actions impact negatively on the preparation of pre-examination, examination and post-examination materials.

“The council, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, the State Ministries of Education, the Nigeria Police, other security agencies and other stakeholders, would do all it can, to deliver on its mandate to conduct a credible examinations to the Nigerian child and the general public,” he said.

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