The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday announced that it might postpone the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Nigeria.
The Council’s Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, disclosed this while announcing the release of results of the 2021 first series of the WASSCE for private candidates in Lagos.
Areghan said the coronavirus pandemic distorted the academic calendar so much that there is no guaranty the annual terminal examinations will be held as scheduled.
He said, “Let me use this opportunity to disperse (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.
“A convenient international time table for the conduct of this examination will soon be released.
“To this effect, all stakeholders are, therefore, requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear directly from WAEC.’’
However, Areghan appealed to all the school principals and proprietors to keep to the stipulated timelines for the enrolment of candidates for the examination.
According to him, it is important to re-emphasize the role of Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS) in the computation of candidates’ results.
“All schools are advised to get this aspect of the registration process right, in order to make the entry processes seamless,’’ he said.