Breaking News: WAEC 2021 Examinations Date And Process Announced

The Nigerian National office head of the West African Examination Council, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan announced the timetable for the conduct of this West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE for school candidates on Tuesday (today).

According to WAEC, the WAEC examination will run from Monday, August 16th, 2021 to Friday October 8th. 2021 across the sub-regions, with Nigeria concluding her examination on September 30th.

Mr. Areghan also announced launch of WAEC request management system/ chatbot at a press briefing  held at  WAEC national office, Yaba, Lagos.

How Many Students Registered For WAEC This Year?

Number of Registered Secondary Schools: 19,425

Number of Registered  Public Secondary Schools: 8050

Number of Registered  Private Secondary Schools: 11,373

Number of Registered Candidates: 1,573,789

Number of Registered Male Candidates: 792,620 males 

Number of Registered Female Candidates: 781,169 females

Number of Subjects to be examined: 76 subjects

Number of Supervisors: 25,000 senior teachers.

COVID-19 Compulsory Precautions

”As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to ravage the world. Therefore, in conducting the examination, we are once again going to religiously adhere to all the prescribed COVID-19 protocols. All examination functionaries have been adequately briefed to ensure compliance.”

He further disclosed that schools have been mandated to provide hand sanitizers, running-water buckets and detergent/soap at designated points at all examination centres. He said WAEC supervisors, candidates, invigilators, staff and other examination functionaries would wear their face masks and wash/sanitize their hands regularly in the course of their duties.

”Schools will also provide and operate the thermometer hand-gun on all candidates and examination functionaries at the entrance to the school premises. It is necessary to state here that we are effectively liaising with the various Ministries of Health at the Federal and State levels for their necessary support.

”We shall ensure that physical and social distancing is maintained by all and sundry. This also means that more personnel and facilities will be required for the conduct of the examination, with the attendant consequences,” he noted.

On security and insecurity, the HNO said the council have liaised with the relevant security agencies ”as this is purely within their purview. Moreover, we are trusting God, as usual, for His divine intervention.”

The HNO warned schools, candidates, supervisors, invigilators, principals and proprietors of schools, and examination functionaries, to desist from all acts of examination malpractice.

He added: ”All rogue-website operators are hereby seriously warned to desist from their nefarious acts. They should be patriotic citizens and stop giving WAEC a bad name. It is only lazy schools and candidates that resort to examinations malpractice. Any one caught conniving with rogue-website operators or patronizing them will be seriously dealt with. Security agencies are closely monitoring them and their activities.

”Schools and candidates should not allow themselves to be deceived by these fake people and destiny destroyers. Good preparation and self-reliance are the sure keys to success.
We are also closely watching out for the so-called ‘Special’ or ‘Miracle’ centres. These are not coinages by WAEC.

”They exist only in the imaginations of the perpetrators and patronizers. Even though we cannot claim to be oblivious of such a scenario, they are centres where candidates are promised assistance for cheap grades by ‘examination contractors’. We will definitely not allow them. No matter how remotely located they are, our in-built anti-malpractice mechanism will fish them out. It will not be wise to spend a whole six years preparing for the examination, only to end up not getting any result. So please, be warned.”

Areghan announced that National Identification Number (NIN) will become a major requirement for registration for the WASSCE examination with effect from the May/June 2022 WASSCE and subsequent diets, stressing ”no NIN, no entry.”

He said the implication is that prospective candidates must register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and get their NIN. The HNO said the decision is in line with the Federal Government’s policy, as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.

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