WAEC receives zero candidate from Sokoto, Zamfara public schools as exams commence May 16

Public schools in Sokoto and Zamfara states have not officially presented any candidate for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), for school candidates scheduled to hold from May 16 to June 23.

This was disclosed by the Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr. Patrick  Areghan, on Monday, May 9, 2022  in Lagos while highlighting the the council’s preparations and readiness for the conduct of the examination in Nigeria.

He frowned at late registration of candidates, particularly by private schools, saying, such act is totally unacceptable as it delays preparations for the examination.

According to the HNO, over 1.6million candidates from 20,221 schools have registered for the examination out of which 800,055 (49.76%) are males while 800,724 representing 50.24% are females.

The candidates would be examined in 76 subjects, made up of 197 papers while about 30,000 practicing senior teachers, nominated by various Ministries of Education, would be participating in the examination as supervisors.

Areghan explained that even though National Identification Number (NIN) was made a component of the registration process; it was not a compulsory requirement in order not to disqualify many candidates.

He stated that no candidate was denied registration as a result of non-submission of NIN.

The council head also sounded a strong warning to schools that might want to engage in examination malpractices, saying that such schools risk being derecognized or not having results thereby wasting the entire six years that the candidates must have spent in school.

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