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2021 is August 16  

Mr Patrick Areghan, the head of the West African Examination Council’s national office in Nigeria, announced the timetable for the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, for school candidates on Tuesday.

According to the body, the examination will take place across the sub-regions from Monday, August 16 to Friday, October 8, with Nigeria’s examination ending on September 30.

SEE : WAEC Timetable for August 16 • New WAEC Timetable 2021 PDF • WAEC Timetable 2021 Nigeria

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

“We have invited you here today to learn about the preparations we have made for the smooth and successful conduct of the WASSCE (SC) 2021, as well as to witness the official launch of our newest product, the REQUEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND WAEC-CHATBOT, which is designed to meet the immediate needs of our stakeholders,” he said.

“The WASSCE (SC) 2021 will be held throughout the sub-region from Monday, August 16th to Friday, October 8th, 2021, in accordance with the Final International Timetable. However, the examination in Nigeria will end on September 30, 2021, after a seven-week period.

“The examination statistics show that there are Nineteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty-five (19,425) recognised secondary schools, with eight thousand and fifty-two (8.052) public and eleven thousand three hundred and seventy-three (11,373) private schools spread across the thirty-six (36) states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Candidates would be tested on a total of 76 subjects, with a total of 197 papers. As supervisors, about 25,000 senior teachers will take part in the examination,” he said.

The need to present an international timetable coupled with the disruption caused by Covid-19; the need to align with Nigeria’s emergency academic calendar; and the request by the federal were factors responsible for the shift in date, according to WAEC boss.

Mr Areghan stated that the management will follow Covid-19 protocols, which include ensuring compliance by all stakeholders, and that the body is in contact with security agencies to ensure the examination runs smoothly.

The WAEC boss also reaffirmed the body’s zero-tolerance policy toward all forms of malpractice, including rogue website operators and so-called miracle centres.


“We are also keeping a close eye on the so-called ‘Special’ or ‘Miracle’ centres,” he said. These are not WAEC’s inventions. They only exist in the minds of those who perpetrate and patronise them. They are centres where candidates are promised assistance for cheap grades by “examination contractors,” despite the fact that we cannot claim to be unaware of such a scenario. We will not permit them to do so. Our built-in anti-malpractice mechanism will track them down, no matter how far away they are. It would be inadvisable to devote six years to studying for the exam only to receive no results. So, be forewarned!”

Candidates must have their National Identification Number, or NIN, according to the Head of WAEC in Nigeria, or they will not be allowed to take subsequent examinations.

“Let me also use this medium to announce that, as we progress in the conduct of the Council’s business in Nigeria, the National Identification Number (NIN) will become a major requirement for registration for the WASSCE examination with effect from the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022 and subsequent diets (No NIN, no entry!).”


“All prospective candidates must register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and obtain a National Identification Number (NIN). This is in accordance with federal policy, as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education. He stated his case.

WAEC Examination date is August 16 to September 30 

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Mr. Areghan thanked the Honourable Minister of Education for his support and stated that WAEC was working with other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the WASSCE for school candidates was conducted smoothly and without hitches.

He went on to say that the final timetable had been distributed to all WAEC branches and zonal offices for proper guidance.



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