A 17 year old candidate writing the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) was last Monday stopped from writing the Mathematics papers at her centre.
The candidate (name withheld) had registered for the examination at Divine Rhema Academy, Aba, Abia State.
The centre’s coordinator, Mr Michael Obodo had reportedly sent her out of the examination hall in the middle of the exam because she was owing him Four Thousand Naira (₦4000).
WASSCE is an annual exam conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Its May/June diet is the only one for School Candidates among the three conducted year round.
A friend to the candidate’s mother, Mrs Chinyere Onwuasoanya who spoke to EduCeleb.com about the matter revealed that this was despite pleas by fellow candidates and teachers at the centre, all which fell on Mr Obodo’s deaf hears.
She revealed that this candidate had experienced result cancellation during the 2021/2022 WASSCE that led her to rewriting the exam this year.
It only took the financial assistance of a good Samaritan that aided her in registering for the current exam as her family was not capable of footing the bill.
“Someone paid for her to take this year’s WAEC and on the same day that they are writing the same Mathematics exam, the coordinator sent her out of the examination hall because she was owing 4thousand Naira.”
EduCeleb.com understands that the WAEC “coordinator” nomenclature is an informal one for private persons who coordinate the activities of unregistered schools in order to make students get registered with an approved examination centre. It does not necessarily refer to the school’s principal.
Such persons also register WASSCE candidates that are out of the conventional school system and those who cannot pay exhorbitant fees charged by certain private schools in the WASSCE for School Candidates.
When contacted over the matter, Mr Obodo refused to respond to enquiries by EduCeleb.com.
He accused this reporter for asking him “stupid questions”.
“Don’t you ever send me useless message here again,” he added.
Spokesperson of WAEC Nigeria, Moyosola Adesina promised to provide updates on the action taken later upon escalating the matter to the appropriate quarters. This has not been done as at press time.