The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has noted that the introduction of an additional diet for private candidates is to expand opportunities for all.
WAEC’s Head of National Office, Olu Adenipekun revealed this while speaking at the Formal Unveiling of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) on Wednesday in Lagos.
He identified that the need for the new diet became necessary due to agitations against denial of equal opportunity against against Private Candidates.
In his words, “with growing concern among Stakeholders over what they perceive as discrimination or denial of equal opportunity against Private Candidates, there has been a deluge of agitation, criticism and appeal across the West African Sub-Region for Council to find a way of reducing the agony of long waiting experienced by the Private Candidates who desire another shot at WASSCE.
“The conduct of an additional diet of the WASSCE for School Candidates is written first every year and the results are released before the conduct of the WASSCE for Private Candidates. Therefore, School Candidates who wish to retake the examination usually have the opportunity of doing so with the Private Candidates examination.”
“Council, which is the Governing Board of WAEC, after thorough deliberations on the issue, approved that National Offices should begin the conduct of one additional diet every year for private candidates.
“I am delighted to inform you that preparations for the conduct of WASSCE for private candidates in 2018, first series, are in full gear. All hands are on deck to ensure that a remarkable success is recorded during the conduct of the examination,” he said.
Recall that WAEC had in April this year announced its Council’s approval of an additional diet of the WASSCE for Private Candidates. It will be commencing in 2018.
The HNO said registration for the new diet opened in October and would close on December 29.
Adenipekun, however, said only 19 subjects would be examined in the new diet, adding that centres would be located in urban areas in the Federal Capital Territory and other states, except Borno, until the examination gained popularity.
The approved subjects are Commerce, Financial Accounting, Christian Religious Studies, Economics, Geography, Government, Islamic Studies, Literature in English, English language, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Further Mathematics, General Mathematics, Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Civic Education.
Adenipekun noted that the new diet is being conducted only by Nigeria.
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