No fewer than 1.57 million candidates are writing this year’s West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which began on August 16, 2021.
Permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch Sonny Echono disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, during an inspection tour to some schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Echono who visited Federal Government Girls College, Bwari and Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse, commended the smooth conduct of the examination exercise across the country.
According to him, the examination is taking place in 19000 Centers across the nation. He said aside from the disruptions witnessed by candidates in the South East, where some candidates were stopped from writing their exams, the conduct of the 2021 WASSCE was peaceful and stress-free.
“We are very pleased that all around the country, exams are going on peacefully. We have a total of over 19,000 exams centres across the country over 1.57miillion candidates registered for their exams and beside the disruptions we had on Sept 13th in the southeast where some of our candidates were stopped from doing the exams, it is a peaceful and stressful examination”
Echono also said the Ministry has put in place a tolerant policy on examination malpractice to ensure credibility in the system.
“We are complying with all the standards and ethics required of an examination. We are pursuing very hard all the cases and incidents of malpractice, we have a very tolerant policy.
“We punish both the institutions, we arrest anybody involved and we also ensure that credibility is restored in our system,” he said.