Every season the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) is conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO), it engages some personnel to help in getting the scripts marked and scored.
You may have asked yourself ‘How do I get qualified to mark WAEC or NECO?’ Here is your answer.
Both WAEC and NECO have their members of staff in various offices across Nigeria. But they don’t directly do the script marking. Actual teachers, educators and other personnel are involved.
Adhoc personnel such as examiners, and checkers participate in the coordination and marking exercises along with WAEC or NECO officials.
How to become an examiner or checker with WAEC and NECO
The process of becoming an examiner or checker starts with establishing that you are qualified to be selected.
In this post, EduCeleb.com guides you on how to become an examiner or checker with WAEC and NECO.
Please, note that your qualification to mark with WAEC does not count when you wish to mark scripts with NECO.
Requirements for examiners
Three forms of examiners exist. They are the Chief Examiners, the Team Leaders, and the Assistant Examiners.
The basic requirement to be an examiner is having a degree in the subject you want to mark or something related to that.
If, for instance, you want to mark English Language, you must have a bachelor’s degree in English or Linguistics. But those who studied Mass Communication or Linguistics with specialisation in another language other than English may not be allowed to mark scripts, even if they have dozens of years’ experience teaching the subject.
You are also expected to have completed the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, and present your NYSC Discharge Certificate, according to the bodies. This requirement may not be implemented if you are currently a corps member.
My first encounter with marking SSCE exam scripts was during my NYSC. It was coincidental that the Marking Centre was my Place of Primary Assignment (PPA). What the Centre Manager simply did was to establish that I was a corps member through my identity card and attestation from the officials of the school.
A verification exercise would be done for all examiners by your subject officer. So, make sure you go to the marking venue with the original and photocopy of your certificates.
The examination bodies also emphasise that examiners participate fully in the days of the coordination exercises.
Ensure that you mark attendance while there and arrive early to learn a lot from this exercise.
The coordination is integral to the marking as it serves as an orientation exercise for participants on the nature of the scripts they would mark and how they should mark such. You are also made to go through the marking guide and mark sample answers of candidates.
It may be held for either two or three days. After the coordination, examiners would be issued parcels of examination scripts to mark and return.
Each subject has a Chief Examiner who is assisted by Team Leaders that coordinate Assistant Examiners.
The Chief Examiner is responsible for the conduct of all examiners and interfaces between the examination bodies and the examiners from time to time. He coordinates with the Centre Manager, who is usually the leader of the WAEC or NECO staff at the Marking Centre.
Each subject has its Chief Examiner in each Centre. He/She has the sole responsibility of determining the order with which exam answers would be marked, based on the marking guide.
This is usually someone who had about ten years experience marking the subject. They are determined and appointed by the examining bodies.
The person appointed for this position also gets to vet the marked scripts of Team leaders.
Team leaders are the next in line to the Chief Examiner. They may have almost equal level of qualifications to the Chief Examiner but have to report to him or her.
Their job involves assisting the Chief Examiner. They vet the works of AEs just as they also mark examination scripts.
Generally, the examination bodies also appoint Team Leaders. The Chief Examiners may use his discretion to appoint more Team Leaders among Assistant Examiners based on the need for it.
Other examiners who are neither of the two above are designated Assistant Examiners (AE). Their experience vary from zero to the longest possible time marking for WAEC/NECO. You need to start as an AE before progressing to other levels in the examiner cadre.
If it’s your first attempt marking for WAEC/NECO, it is advisable to apply either by visiting their office in your state or applying online.
Only WAEC has the online examiners registration service, which is also used for validation of current examiners. Current NECO examiners or invigilators can validate their status here.
The list of WAEC offices, and NECO offices have been previously published on the EduCeleb website too. Click on the links to view the address of the one near you.
If they find your application successful, you would be invited to mark via text message and/or email.
Alternatively, you may try your luck as a ‘gatecrasher’. After marking for WAEC or NECO in a year, you should start receiving invitations to subsequent marking exercises.
It is possible to get your first shot as an examiner by gatecrashing, as already said. This means that you participated in the coordination without prior invitation.
In this sense, your chances of being given scripts to mark are low compared to those originally invited for the exercise. But once you get approved as an AE, you have a high chance of getting invited the subsequent years.
Requirements for checkers
Checkers are those who crosscheck the works of all examiners, as that sounds.
Their work starts from when the parcels of scripts are delivered to the marking centres. They confirm the number of scripts stated on each label and whether the attendance and result sheets were attached.
After examiners finish marking and computing scores in the provided sheets, checkers would verify that these were done rightly.
If there are discrepancies, the examiners would be directed to correct such before being cleared.
You don’t require a degree to be a checker. You should be sound in arithmetic, at least.
Be also ready to spare enough of your time each day throughout the duration of the marking exercise. Money is paid based on the number of hours spent for checkers.
A student in the tertiary institution would be allowed to be a checker once he/she passes the free qualifying test conducted by WAEC. Other people who don’t want to go through the ‘stress’ examiners talk of may also try this out.
After these persons complete their works, WAEC continues the process of getting candidates’ results ready based on its schedule.
Have you ever tried joining the marking exercise in your capacity as either an examiner or a checker? Kindly share your experience with us using the comment box below.
I’m a university lecturer. I’m using this opportunity to apply to be a major WAEC zonal monitor during examination. The aim is to check exam malpractices in secondary schools in Edo central, Esan zon
Please, direct your application to WAEC Head National Office, Lagos.
Why can’t you provide us with answers required. It seems you are vast in understanding how this is being done.
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Thanks for the post. Can I go for the coordination exercise even if I have not marked before?
Yes, you can.
I need to join in waec supervision, but I don’t know how up go about it.
They put priority on teachers to do so. It seems there are plans to even stop teachers from being supervisors since some aid exam malpractices.
Please when is the coordination exercise? I studied Library Science Education,will i be allowed to mark? Thank you.
Try your luck. Coordination has started on Friday
I am presently a corp’s member can I apply with my degree certificate in biochemistry alone to mark chemistry
please ,what are the subjects that a food technologist can mark in WAEC coordination?
Maybe Health Science and Home Economics
what of neco centers and how many days will the coordination exercise take?
These would be posted soon. I believe you already know that NECO coordination starts on this week nationwide. Keep in touch by subscribing to our mailing list, our Whatsapp broadcast list via +2349052129258 or Telegram group at https://t.me/educeleb
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My name is Joseph Babatope, 47 years old,a physics teacher, graduated in physics end.
Like to be examinal .
I believe that you’ve read what’s written above sir. Follow that.
Ahian… This is somehow harsh.
Please what are the subject educational technology can mark
when is coordination for neco starting
Thursday, 26th July
I’m a graduate of Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Soil Science and Land Resources Management. What subject can I go for and when is NECO coordination beginning?
I’m not sure of the subject you could mark. In most cases, only graduates in Agricultural Science are allowed to mark that subject. NECO coordination is in progress.
I am a teacher in a public school in ibadan, I Am using this opportunity to apply for marking examiner in weac and neco
Read the guidelines above to do so.
Good day , please I want to know the Centres for neco marking. tanks
Click here to see the NECO marking centres across Nigeria.
Marking Technical drawing has been so restricted to certain examiner, why? I want to join these examiner. I studied Architecture and i have been teaching TD for 10years now.
Go to the centre when it’s time for marking. Better still, follow the guide above.
Please good evening,am from akwa ibom how can I join the marking tomorrow,this is my first time,how can I get started as government and civic education teacher ?
Check out the centres in Uyo and Eket. They’re part of your state. Check out the one nearest to you.
I studied Health Education. Am i eligible to mark and Which subject can i be fix to?
Check your eligibility as stated above using the WAEC platform for that.
Is there a Whatsapp group chat for information’s ahead of time. And Neck and Waec GCE can one be a marker once join Waec examiners
We do have a Telegram group at the moment. It is accessible via https://t.me/educeleb. Join that today.
I am a Chartered Accountant (ACA) holder. How can I be part of waec and neco examiners and accessor?
Your ACA doesn’t come into place here. Read the above information and follow it.
good day sir… I marked waec at enugu last year… how do I get to mark in Benin city
this is as a result of transfer from enugu to benun city?
Contact the WAEC Office in Benin. Click here to locate the address if you don’t know where it is.
Enter your comment here…pls sir when is waec checking starting for checkers this year
You can check your results a month after WASSCE.
I am interested in the marking exercise either as an examiner or as a checker. I have HND in Accounting and I am an expert in Oral English.
where is the the place located for Arabic language in Lagos state. Not Islamic, I mean Arabic language. thanks.
Try Agege and Maryland
I want to be part of the 2019 NECO examination, please how can I join? Thanks
You just read how above. Just keep your hears on the ground ahead of the marking exercise to be announced by the end of July
Thanks for the update. Please when is neco coordination starting?
It had begun already
I want to be an invigilator in the upcoming NECO and WAEC exams 2020. Please what are the procedures and requirement?
You should have read the post by now
I’m a biochemistry graduate from University of Uyo. I want to participate in the forth coming WAEC/NECO examination as as Assistant examiner. How do I become one.
Contact the examining body at their offices, as stated above.
Please I want to pertake in the 2020/2021 neco invigilation, how do I go about it?
Visit the examining bodies to apply.
How do I apply as checker for WAEC? I can only see registration portal for examiners on their website.
Go to the marking centre for that.
Please has marking started in Lagos? Obanikoro to be precise
Good morning, please when is NECO coordination exercise starting?
Pls,since waec coordination is starting by Friday 24th.pls,what center can you recommend for a gate crasher that has some hope of being selected.and also,what course do you think a business administration graduate can mark?Thanks.
It depends on the centres nearest to you.
My name is Ajayi Emmanuel and a team leader in mathematics. But it is very disheartening how some chief examiners in conjunction use their position to influence some critical decision relating to marking exercise. I know some competent and reliable examiners that been marking for over 20years and are still assistant examiners while some that have hardly spend 10 years were promoted to team leaders.
I think it is high time that WAEC and NECO go deep into their records to correct this anomalous. Team leader designate should be the perogative of the examination bodies not the Chief examiners because they have abused it. Thank you.l
Do you need to write an application letter to be a checker
Sorry,is NYSC certificate important to be taken along as part of the credentials?
Yes, if applicable
Please how is the examination for checkers structured???
It depends on the officials there.
Please I’m a tertiary student and would like to be a checker. How do I apply
Read the article please