For the 2022 WASSCE, WAEC has rescinded the No-NIN No-Exam policy.
Ejes Gist Newspaper can authoritatively reports that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that prospective school students who do not have a National Identification Number (NIN) would be eligible to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination this year (WASSCE).
Mr Patrick Areghan, the council’s Head of National Office (HNO), provided the guarantee at a news conference in Lagos on Monday to announce the release of the WASSCE 2021 for Private Candidates Second Series results.
Areghan was speaking against the backdrop of some parents’ fears in the aftermath of the NIMC portal’s recent failure.
He acknowledged that such difficulties were normal when new policies were introduced, but that everything will fall into place over time.
“Many people were concerned when the NIMC portal encountered a problem, especially because it occurred around the period when applicants were supposed to be enrolling for the 2022 WASSCE for schools.
“I recall that we had previously stated that candidates would not be able to write the WASSCE without the NIN, i.e., no NIN, no exam.”
“We’d like to clarify that, in light of the current NIMC portal problem, candidates are free to take the exam without showing their NIN.”
“Those who have a NIN card can bring it to school with them, but no one will be disadvantaged.”
ASUU “Every Nigerian youngster will write the examination.” No child will be denied the opportunity to take the exam if they do not have a NIN. It should not be a problem because we have asked school administrators to develop and transmit a list of potential candidates to council without the NIN.
“We impute them accordingly in their data whenever they provide the NIN,” Areghan explained.
According to the HNO, a total of 52, 973 individuals enrolled for the WASSCE for Private Candidates 2021 Second Series, with 51,444 of them taking the exam.
He pointed out that out of the total number of people who took the exam, 49,584 (or 96%) had their results fully processed and issued, while 1,860 (or 3.62%) had a few of their topics still being analyzed.
According to him, this is due to some candidate-related mistakes, but he adds that attempts are being made to expedite the processing so that all impacted candidates can have their results properly processed and issued as soon as possible.
Areghan provided a more detailed breakdown of the results, stating that 32,647 candidates received credits or above in a minimum of five courses, with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.
According to him, 25,008 additional candidates received credits or above in at least five disciplines, including English Language and Mathematics.
The HNO observed that of the 25,008, 12,272 candidates were males, accounting for 49.07 percent, while 12,736 others, accounting for 50.93 percent, were females.
“As a result, for the WASSCE for Private Candidates 2019 and 2020, the percentage of candidates in this group, that is, those who received credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 35.99 percent and 39.82 percent, respectively.”
“As a result, there has been an encouraging 8.79 percent improvement in performance,” he said.
Furthermore, the head of the council stated that a total of 3,968 results of applicants who took the exam had been withheld due to various reports of examination malpractice.
He stated that the instances were being investigated and that the findings would be given to the appropriate council committee for decision in due time.
According to Areghan, the committee’s final judgments would be informed to the candidates who were affected.
The HNO went on to say that a total of 131 candidates with varied degrees of special needs had enrolled for the exam, with 10 of them being visually impaired, nine having impaired hearing, and eight having low eyesight.
He went on to say that four of the candidates were spastic and intellectually handicapped, while the other three were physically challenged.
All of these applicants with special requirements, he claims, were fully accommodated during the examination’s administration, and their results have been processed and are being disseminated alongside those of regular candidates.
He then invited candidates to visit the council’s results website, www.waecdirct.org, to review the facts of their performance.
According to him, the result checker pin and serial number required by candidates to check their results online were printed on the candidate’s identity photo card.
He went on to say that certificates for the WASSCE for Private Candidates were now collected through the Electronic Certificate Management System (e-CERTMAN) platform, and that requests were submitted online.
Areghan bemoaned the low degree of compliance among schools in registering candidates for the 2022 WASSCE for school candidates.
He stated that 1.6 million candidates were expected to register for the exam, but that as of Friday, November 11th, only roughly 300,000 candidate details had been posted.
“This isn’t encouraging at all.” If all other factors remain the same, this examination may take place in May or June, depending on the decision of the regional headquarters.
“One of the obstacles the council faces in completing our inspection is non-compliance with the registration date.” To make room for everyone, we’ve extended the registration due from February 12 to February 25. Nonetheless, some schools are unconcerned about it.
“We’re pleading with these schools to do the right thing and give us enough time to prepare for the pre- and post-exam materials,” Areghan said.
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