The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has announced that it will no longer amend date of birth and other entries on certificates of candidate from January 1, 2017. The council’s Public Affairs Officer in Nigeria, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, who made the announcement on Thursday said the development was part of measures to curb examination malpractice.
Mr. Ojijeogu therefore, urged candidates to take advantage of the opportunity to review their entries while registering for the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) on their online portal or obtain affidavits from the courts of law. He added that all requests for amendment of any information on bio-data could only be considered during and after registration.
“We have observed with chagrin the volume of requests for amendments by candidates as well as the fact that it could be an opening for examination malpractice hence the need to stop the ugly trend. Moreover, where a candidate detects any error in his/her date of birth after the certificate has been printed, he/she will be advised to obtain an affidavit from a court of law as a support to the certificate
“The council has included in its registration portal, a secondary opportunity for candidates to confirm the correctness of all their entries in the date of birth box. In addition, all requests received prior to the above-stated effective date will be treated on their merit.”
Meanwhile, about 25 candidates who sat for either the school or privates examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) have reportedly returned their certificates. The candidates, who claim they are now born again Christians say they are returning the certificates because it was acquired through fraudulent means.
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A senior staff of WAEC revealed that the council wrote to the candidates explaining what they were expected to do which is to return the certificates in accordance with the rules and regulations guiding the conduct of the examinations and those who complied with the directive returned their certificates to various WAEC offices nationwide, and the council took their cases to the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), which met recently in Lagos and cancelled the returned 25 certificates.