The West African Examinations Council is threatening not to release results of students from 19 states whose governments owe the council
THE West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has threatened to withhold results of hundreds of candidates who sat for the May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination in 19 states over non-payment of examination fees. According to the WAEC, the states owe the council more than N4 billion as examination registration fees of two years.
Charles Eguridu, head of national office, WAEC, who announced the decision Monday, July 27, in Lagos, said the results of the candidates sponsored by the debtor states would not be released. Eguridu said: “A total number of 19 states in the country owe the Council in respect of entry fees for state government sponsored candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE. Some states also still owe the Council registration fees for the May/June 2014 WASSCE. We have written to the affected state governments without any response. The poor response of the debtor states is threatening the smooth operations of the Council.
“We, therefore, want to publicly plead with the affected states to off-set the registration fees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the results of their candidates for the May/June 2015 will be released along with others. Many of the states of the federation, as part of their education policy, pay the registration fees of candidates for the WASSCE, particularly in their public schools. This is quite commendable as it has afforded many indigent students the opportunity to sit for our examinations and relieved many poor parents of this financial burden.
“However, this obviously good gesture has come at a price to the Council. As I speak to you now, we are cash-strapped because of the delay in offsetting the registration fees owed the Council by some states. As a result, we are finding it difficult in meeting our financial obligations, particularly to our supervisors, examiners and service providers.”
— Jul 28, 2015 @ 13:10 GMT