The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, says that the National Identification Number (NIN) will be a major requirement for the registration for its examinations in Nigeria from next year.
The Head of the National Office of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan made the announcement while addressing newsmen in Lagos.
He explained that the new requirement would take effect from the registration for the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates.
The WAEC boss in Nigeria said this move was in line with the Federal Government’s policy, as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.
He, therefore, advised all prospective candidates to ensure that they register with the National Identity Management Commission so as to obtain their National Identification Number, NIN on time to avoid being denied the opportunity of registering for the examination next year.
Mr. Areghan pointed out that with the National Identification Number in place as a major requirement for the registration for WAEC examinations, the Council would be able to further check examination malpractice.
Speaking on WAEC’s preparations for the smooth conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for school candidates, which should have been conducted in May/June this year, the Head of the National Office of WAEC in Nigeria said that the COVID-19 pandemic still ravaging countries across the world including Nigeria had compelled WAEC to reschedule the examination to mid-August to October this year.
He explained that this was necessitated by the distortion in the nation’s school calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which broke out last year across the world.
Mr. Areghan however, assured Nigerians that the COVID-19 protocol would be adhered to strictly during the conduct of the examination to ensure the safety of candidates, supervisors and invigilators during the conduct of the examination.
He, however, warned all schools, candidates, supervisors, invigilators, principals and proprietors of schools, and all examination functionaries, to desist from all forms of examination malpractice to avoiding been sanctioned.
He also called on All rogue website operators uploading fake WAEC examination question papers online and those patronizing them to desist from such criminal acts as anyone caught in the nefarious acts would be dealt with appropriately as dictated by law.