WAEC: 29 Candidates Voluntarily Return Certificates For Shocking Reason

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Twenty-nine born-again Christians have reportedly returned their certificates to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for engaging in examination malpractice when they sat for the exams.

In a statement released by the examination council after its 62nd National Examination Committee meeting, it was disclosed that among the 29 certificates returned by the identified Christians, one was issued 33 years ago (1984) while the other was awarded 32 years ago (1985).

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The detailed record released by the board showed that four certificates each were returned by the candidates who on their own confessed that they cheated while sitting for their exams between 2011 and 2013.

Other returned certs listed include:

  • Those from three candidates that sat for the examinations in 2000, 2004, 2008;
  • Two each in 1992 and 2003;
  • And one certificate each from born again Christians who sat for the examination in 1984, 1985, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

WAEC also announced the cancellation of 151 certificates already awarded to both a school and private centres where candidates engaged in the examinations malpractices.

Some of the certs canceled span across decades including two issued 28 years ago (1989) and 27 years ago (1990) by WAEC, and others awarded in 2012 and 2013 are the current certificates.

Furthermore, the statistics indicated that the highest number, 14, was issued in 2001 and 2002, 13 each in 1999 and 2000.

The council also disclosed the cancellation of twelve certificates in 2003, ten in 2006, eight in 1988, seven each in 2004, 2007 and 2010, five each in 1993, 1995, 2009, 2012 and 2013.



Also, four in 1994 and 2008, three each in 1996 and 2011, two each in 1997 and 2005 as well as one each in 1989, 1990 and 1992.

Out of the 151 certificates canceled, four were for candidates who sat for May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and 147 for Nov/ Dec WASSCE, confirming reports by NEC that examination cheat is rampant during the private candidate examination (GCE).

The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Certificate is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries. It is an academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

While other rules and regulations are applied to every candidate, uniforms are not compulsory.

WAEC Registration

Registration for the Council exam is done biometrically via the official website which allows schools in Nigeria to register their candidates online through the Internet.

According to the site, e-Registration service makes registration easier for the schools as well as eliminates errors in registration information which are hitherto made on paper and only detected while processing the paper forms by WAEC.

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The site also comprised of documents such as Timetable and Syllabus which School Authorities can easily print or download.

In the efforts to promote and upgrade the Information Technology (IT) development in School education in Nigeria, it adopted the online method, not only for registration but checking of results.

How to Check 2017 WAEC result

  1. Enter your 10-digit WAEC Examination Number (This is your 7-Digit centre number followed by your 3-digit candidate number eg. 4123456789).
  2. . Enter the 4 digits of your Examination Year eg. 2002.
  3.  Select the Type of Examination.
  4.  Enter the Card Serial Number found on the reverse side of your Scratch card.
  5. Enter the Personal Identification Number (PIN) on your Scratch card.
  6. Click Submit and wait for the results window to come up.

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