WAEC creates January/February diet for WASSC 2018/2019
The West African Examinations Council has created a new diet of its examination to cater for a large number of external candidates registering for the examination .
The council ’s Head , National Office , Mr Olu Adenipekun, disclosed this at the unveiling of the first series of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination diet for private candidates on Wednesday in Lagos .
According to him, the council has noted that a large number of external candidates are registering for the WASSCE meant for school candidates .
He said that this led to an astronomical increase in cheats being caught during the conduct of the examination .
“After thorough deliberations on the issue , the governing board of the Council approved that its national offices should begin the conduct of one additional diet every year of the WASSCE for private candidates ,’’ Adenipekun said .
He remarked that the introduction of one more diet of the examination to the existing two, “is in fulfilment of WAEC ’s determination to constantly meet the demands of stakeholders ’’.
The new diet is slated to hold in January/ February 2018.
This is in addition to the existing May /June WASSCE for school candidates and the November / December diet for private candidates .
This brings to three , the number of examinations to be conducted by the WAEC every year with effect from 2018 .
On April 13 this year, the Registrar to Council , Dr Iyi Uwadiae , announced at a news conference in Lagos that the council had approved the conduct of an additional diet of the WASSCE for private candidates , beginning from 2018 .
“The conduct of this additional diet of the WASSCE for private candidates became necessary because the WASSCE for school candidates is written first every year .
“And the results are released before the conduct of the WASSCE for private candidates .
“Therefore , school candidates who wish to retake the examination usually have the opportunities of doing so during the private candidates ’