The attention of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has been drawn to a fake publication circulating in the social media, that WAEC has cancelled the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and was therefore; set to refund N22,500 to candidates who had enrolled for the examination.
In a statement by the Head of WAEC, Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan, on Sunday, the body explained that a notice alleging the cancellation of 2020 WASSCE did not emanate from the council that the publication is patently false and deceitful.
Mr Patrick Areghan Said, it is nothing but the handiwork of mischief makers who are out to defraud innocent and unsuspecting candidates and their parents/guardians. Such news is certainly not from the WAEC. It falls short of the council’s style, language and factual details. They got it all wrong. Mr Patrick Areghan said, the fee for examination is N13,950 and not N22,500 as circulated.
WAEC, as an examining body in the sub-region, has not announced the cancellation of the examination. It only announced a postponement until normalcy is restored. WAEC couldn’t have made a mistake in the full meaning of its acronym.
The Council use this opportunity to reassure all registered candidates, schools and other stakeholders that once the situation returns to normal, the council will come up with a new International Timetable for the conduct of the examination in the West African sub-region. This will take effect after due consultations with relevant stakeholders. Candidates are, therefore, advised to disregard the publication and concentrate on studying hard for the examination, the WAEC boss said.