The date for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates has been confirmed by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
This year’s WASSCE, which was previously scheduled for May/June, will now take place from August 16 to September30, according to Demianus Ojijeogu, the Head of Public Affairs for the WAEC Office in Nigeria, in a statement released on Friday.
He also mentioned that the international timetable for the examination’s conduct will be published in due time.
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The new dates announced by the examination body were in accordance with the existing academic calendar and were worked out in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education, according to Ojijeogu.
He referred to the controversy sparked by Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday to announce the announcement of the results of the 2021 first series of the WASSCE for private candidates.
The national office head was incorrectly quoted as saying that WACE had postponed the 2021 WASSCE, according to the review body’s spokesperson.
At the briefing, Areghan said that the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects were still being felt in the education sector, and that the academic calendar had been thrown off.
These factors, he claims, have made it impossible to hold the review in May/June as previously planned.
In response to the controversy surrounding Areghan’s remarks, Ojijeogu clarified that Areghan was quoted out of context.
WAEC announced the results of the WASSCE for private applicants, stating that a total of 7,690 candidates applied for the test, a 38 percent decrease from the 2020 figure.
Of the total, 2,195 candidates (or 30.11%) received credits or higher in at least five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Areghan had said, “The number of candidates who received five credits, including English Language and Mathematics, might not necessarily be a basis for assessing the level of success in the test.”
He clarified that this was due to the fact that the exam was essentially a remedial one, and that certain candidates could only need one or two papers other than English Language and/or Mathematics to make up for their admission deficiencies.