The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says there
is no clash in its examination dates with this year’s
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation
The council’s Head of National Office (HNO) Mr Patrick
Areghan made the clarification during an interview with
the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
Areghan was speaking against the backdrop of concerns
raised by some stakeholders, including parents, that a
clash might endanger the performance of some
candidates in both examinations.
Reports have it that the Federal Ministry of Education had
in a circular dated April 5, titled: Update on 2022
Examinations Timetable for all Examination Bodies,
addressed to all the test bodies in the country, showed a
clash in date.
The clash in date was for both West African Senior School
Certificate Examination (WASSCE), organised by WAEC,
and UTME organised by JAMB.
The circular was said to have been signed by Mr David
Gende, a Director, overseeing the Office of the Permanent
Secretary of the ministry.
“I want to assure the concerned stakeholders and indeed
the general public that there is nothing to worry about as
there is no clash in dates for our examination with the
UTME, as seen in that circular.
“The UTME starts on Friday, May 6 and ends on May 14.
“Our examination for school candidates which is the West
African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
starts on May 16 and not May 6, as is seen on the said
circular,” he stated.
NAN reports that a copy of the authentic WASSCE
timetable made available to this correspondent,
confirmed the date for the commencement of the
“From our authentic timetable for candidates for the 2022
examination too, it shows that the papers slated for May
9, are what we call ‘Moving Exams’.
”It is just for the candidates to choose what they want to
do for the practicals.
Should any candidate fall in this category, he or she will
be easily taken care of, by way of rescheduling another
date for them.
“Therefore, aside this, I want to clarify that there is no
clash with the JAMB-organised examination whatsoever.
“The UTME ends on May 14, while our WASSCE starts two
days after, being May 16 and not May 6,” the WAEC boss