The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) announced on Tuesday that the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, which was previously scheduled for May/June, may not take place.
Mr Patrick Areghan, the Council’s Head of National Office (HNO), hinted at this when announcing the results of the 2021 first series of the WASSCE for private candidates on Tuesday in Lagos, according to NAN.
The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Areghan, is still being felt in the education field.
He explained that because the entire educational timeline has been thrown off, the WASCCE exam will not be able to take place as planned.
“Let me use this opportunity to dispel rumours being peddled about by some people regarding the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2021.”
“The effect of the COVID-19 is still very much felt in the education sector and this has taken its toll on the academic calendar in the country.”
“It is, therefore, not going to be possible to have the examination in May/June this year.”
This exam will be conducted according to a convenient international timetable that will be published shortly.
“To this effect, all stakeholders are, therefore, requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear directly from WAEC,’’ the WAEC boss said.
He then urged all school principals and owners to adhere to the defined deadlines for registering candidates for the test.
It’s important, he says, to stress the importance of Continuous Evaluation Scores (CASS) in measuring candidates’ outcomes.
“All schools are advised to get this aspect of the registration process right, in order to make the entry processes seamless.’’