A total of 2,277,588 candidates sat for the West African Senior Certificates Examination (WASSCE) across the West Africa sub-region in 2018. Out of this figure, 1,691,415 candidates (74.26%) were presented by Nigeria.
This was made known by the Registrar of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, on the occasion of the 67th WAEC Day celebration held at the Council’s office, Ibadan.
The total figure of the number of candidates, according to the Registrar, comprised 1,976,537 of school candidates, and 301,051 of private candidates.
The Registrar, whose speech was read by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Olatunde Awokunle, stated:
“The council’s national examinations and aptitude/selection tests recorded an improvement in total patronage in 2018, as the total candidate rose to 3,189,714, indicating an overall increase of 2.71 percent above the 3,105,406 candidates that patronized the examinations and tests in 2017.
“Some member governments created new examination and assigned the conduct to the council. The council’s efforts at making inroads into neighbouring Francophone countries like Republic of Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali paid off, as more schools and candidates in those countries were attracted to the council’s examination.”
According to the Registrar, to control examination leakage, each national office has reached a certain stage in the establishment of in-house printing press for self-reliance in printing services, especially the question papers.
He also attributed the success story of the council to dedicated staff, and acknowledged the input of council members at all committee levels.
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