WAEC: Why you must guard your certificates well

WAEC: Why you must guard your certificates well

By Agency report |

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on Sunday, advised people in possession of its certificates to guard them well, saying it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Adenipekun said the advice was necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates.

“Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter.

“We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) twice.

“But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate.

“About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination.

“But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show such things actually happened to his or her certificate, there are certain steps such candidates are expected to take before approaching the council for further action,” he said.

The WAEC chief explained that after all such processes had been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “Attestation Certificate”.

“It is this certificate that we give out, and not re-issuance of another certificate.

“This is what we have been doing for the past five years now.

“We have many Nigerians who have benefitted from this, because it is like a replacement of the real certificate.

“These people who have benefitted from this come from all the stratum of the society,” Adenipekun said. (NAN)

How WAEC arrested supervisors, candidates involved in examination malpractice

How we arrested supervisors, candidates involved in exam malpractice, WAEC


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed that it arrested some supervisors and candidates who tried to undermine the integrity of its ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The council’s Head, National Office (HNO), Mr. Olu Adenipekun, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.The May/June WASSCE began on Monday, April 8 nationwide and in all the member-countries.According to Adenipekun, the conduct of the examination, expected to be concluded this week, had been smooth.“I just want to report that quite a number of candidates have been arrested, including some supervisors in different parts of the country, during the conduct of this examination.“For the candidates, I may not be able to give you the number now, but that of the supervisors, it is four or five,” the HNO said.He said that the candidates involved smuggled their telephones into the examination hall and attempted to use them to snap some of the pages of the question papers to post on their WhatsApp platforms.“This was for their collaborators outside to provide answers to the questions and then return same to them via the same platform.“We also had supervisors, about four or five of them, who also got involved in this kind of examination malpractice.“They got to their various schools, opened the bag containing the question papers, and the first thing they did before distributing the papers to candidates was to use their telephones to snap pages of these question papers and equally post to their mercenaries outside,” he said.According to him, if a paper is supposed to start by 9:30 a.m. for instance, and by that same time, someone has posted it on social media, the council will have no choice than to query the supervisors.“Unfortunately for them all, we already have a tracking system that allows us to detect this malpractice very quickly.“For instance, right here in Lagos, I can easily tell my officers on the field that a certain candidate in a certain school at a certain centre has just posted pages of the question papers on WhatsApp at a particular time. So, please go there and pick him or her up.“This has yielded a lot of results because, as we all know, this is a technological fraud.“The best way to fight it is also to deploy technology which has been of tremendous success in tracking and monitoring during the course of the conduct of our examination,” he said.Adenipekun said the council’s mechanism could easily centrally track, monitor, detect and nip in the bud, from its offices in Lagos, almost instantaneously, any form of sharp practices as soon as it is carried out anywhere within Nigeria.The WAEC boss said that plan to introduce the device to checkmate examination malpractice got the approval of the Inspector-General of Police before its deployment.According to him, this is necessary because of the implications, as it is applicable not just to Nigeria alone, but to other WAEC member countries, where the examination is taken.“Since the technology is not limited to Nigeria alone, the police boss agreed that it should be handled centrally.“For those who have been arrested so far, their cases are being investigated in a bid to get more information and know their collaborators.“We are also working at ensuring that such collaborators are arrested, interrogated and possibly prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others who may want to get involved in such act in the future,” the HNO said.Adenipekun said that security challenge was surmounted by collaborations with various stakeholders, especially with support from the Nigeria Police.“We also collaborated with traditional rulers across the country and ministries of education, and I am happy to report that this 2019 WASSCE, which started eight weeks ago to be concluded this week, has been hitch-free,” he said.Adenipekun lauded the efforts and commitment of the council’s staff in ensuring the successful conduct of the examination.“As a matter of fact, we too policed ourselves very closely, even as WAEC staff,” he said.

WASSCE: 36% credit pass recorded as WAEC releases 2018 private candidates results

WAEC releases 2018 WASSCE private candidates results

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar

The result of the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, second series has been released.

The Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, who announced this yesterday at a press briefing in Transcorp Hotels, Calabar, said 112,567 candidates registered in Nigeria out of which 109,902 candidates sat for the examination.He stated that out of the 109,902, “107,749 candidates representing 94.04 percent have their results fully processed and released while 2,153 candidates representing 1.96 percent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.”

Giving a breakdown of the performance of the candidates, Adenipekun said: “Out of the 109,902 candidates that sat for the examination, 63,037 representing 57.36 percent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects, that is with or without English language and or Mathematics (while) 39,557 candidates representing 35.99 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English and Mathematics.”

Adenipekun, who was flanked by other top members of the council, advised candidates to check for their results online using the checker PIN and serial number as contained in the candidate’s smart identity card used during the examination and certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready in 90 days from yesterday.

During question and answer session, he said that cases of examination malpractice was very low or insignificant because the number of candidates that sat for the examination was quite lower as compared to the school examinations. “We ensured that WAEC officials were in all the centres, and the issue of collusion and use of mobile phones were nipped in the bud.”

On the low percentage of scores for candidates who got five credits and above including English Language and mathematics, he explained: “We cannot say that the percentage is low but we need to draw the attention of the nation to the fact that it is a make up examination” to complement an earlier result.

On e-testing, Adenipekun said: “WAEC is doing everything possible to play required roll as far as e-testing is concerned but WAEC is meant to test the performance of candidates as per their learning in school and e-testing in schools. We must have e-learning before we can have e-testing.

“If we go ahead to say all our candidates should use e-test, we will not be seen doing what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to do e-testing and not aptitude test so that they can demonstrate effectively what they have learnt.But we are not resting, hence the need for us to draw the attention of the nation to the teaching of e-learning in schools”.

Source: Guardian

WASSCE: 36% credit pass recorded as WAEC releases 2018 private candidates results

WAEC releases 2018 WASSCE private candidates results

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar

The result of the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, second series has been released.

The Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, who announced this yesterday at a press briefing in Transcorp Hotels, Calabar, said 112,567 candidates registered in Nigeria out of which 109,902 candidates sat for the examination.He stated that out of the 109,902, “107,749 candidates representing 94.04 percent have their results fully processed and released while 2,153 candidates representing 1.96 percent have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.”

Giving a breakdown of the performance of the candidates, Adenipekun said: “Out of the 109,902 candidates that sat for the examination, 63,037 representing 57.36 percent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects, that is with or without English language and or Mathematics (while) 39,557 candidates representing 35.99 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English and Mathematics.”

Adenipekun, who was flanked by other top members of the council, advised candidates to check for their results online using the checker PIN and serial number as contained in the candidate’s smart identity card used during the examination and certificates of candidates whose results have been fully processed and released will be ready in 90 days from yesterday.

During question and answer session, he said that cases of examination malpractice was very low or insignificant because the number of candidates that sat for the examination was quite lower as compared to the school examinations. “We ensured that WAEC officials were in all the centres, and the issue of collusion and use of mobile phones were nipped in the bud.”

On the low percentage of scores for candidates who got five credits and above including English Language and mathematics, he explained: “We cannot say that the percentage is low but we need to draw the attention of the nation to the fact that it is a make up examination” to complement an earlier result.

On e-testing, Adenipekun said: “WAEC is doing everything possible to play required roll as far as e-testing is concerned but WAEC is meant to test the performance of candidates as per their learning in school and e-testing in schools. We must have e-learning before we can have e-testing.

“If we go ahead to say all our candidates should use e-test, we will not be seen doing what we are supposed to do. We are supposed to do e-testing and not aptitude test so that they can demonstrate effectively what they have learnt.But we are not resting, hence the need for us to draw the attention of the nation to the teaching of e-learning in schools”.

Source: Guardian