Sallah: WAEC adjusts Nov/Dec Exam Time Table

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The West African examinations Council (WAEC), has announced an adjustment of the dates for the on-going November/December General Certificate Examinations for private candidates.

The Head National Office of the examination body, Mr. Charles Eguridu, who made the disclosure, in Abuja, during an interactive session between the management and members of Education Correspondence Association of Nigeria (ECAN), further maintained that the adjustment in the time frame was to enable Muslim candidates to celebrate the impending Sallah festival

He said: “We are aware of the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, and particularly the protest by Muslim students who had earlier alleged that the original date fell on Friday, which is an important calendar date for the Muslim worshippers. Our attention has been drawn to these concerns. The Chairman called my attention to it and we have no choice than to shift the exam dates from September 25th to October 10th to address the concerns of Muslim candidates.”

Eguridu denied that the organisation was insensitive to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, insisting that that was reason why the Council had to release the results of the indebted states.

On the several innovations introduced by the Council, in the conduct of their examinations, Mr. Eguridu boasted that the organisation had introduced several technologies in the efficient conduct of its examinations, which had ensured that there have not been exam leakages in the past seven years.

“We are the foremost examiners in West Africa, who have introduced some features in the management of the examination process including the response proof and scanning of fingerprint mechanism. We have also introduced an information and communication technology (ICT) device that is equivalent to the card reader used the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

Earlier in her address at the occasion, the federal government nominee to WAEC and the Director, Basic and secondary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Anne Okonkwo, urged the media to continue to partner with the Council and the ministry to ensure sustained growth and development of the sector.

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