The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has insisted on the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) as a mandatory requirement for the registration of its school certificate examination in 2022.
The Head of the National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan, made this known on Tuesday during a news conference which held in Lagos. He said that the NIN would become a major requirement for registration for WASSCE for all school candidates with effect from 2022 and subsequent diets.
“It would be no NIN no entry”, he stated. According to Areghan, this means that all candidates must register with the National Identity Management Commisiion (NIMC) and get their NIN.
“In accordance with the final international timetable, our WASSCE 2021, will take place throughout the sub-region from Monday, August 16. However, the exam will end in Nigeria on September 30, spanning a period of seven weeks”.
The WAEC boss listed the covid-19 pandemic as one of the major reasons for the delay and distortion of the academic calendar in this sub-region.
He affirmed that the examination would be conducted under a rather hostile environment in view of the third wave of the pandemic and the un-abating security challenges faced on some parts of the country.
The HNO added that WAEC supervisors, candidates, invigilators, staff, and other examination functionaries would wear face masks and wash/sanitize their hands regularly in the course of their duties.
On the issue of insecurity, the WAEC boss said that the council was liaising with relevant security agencies for the protection of these students.
He also warned all schools, candidates and supervisors, principals and all examination functionaries against any form of examination malpractice.