The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria, has postponed the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to August 16, 2021.
This is was disclosed in a statement released on Friday by the Acting Head, Public Affairs of WAEC, Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu.
Ojijeogu, in the statement titled, ‘Conduct of WASSCE For School Candidates, 2021 In Nigeria’, revealed that Head of WAEC, Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, was quoted out of context at a briefing on Tuesday when he announced the release of results of WASSCE for private candidates.
He said Areghan explained that the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic has distorted the academic calendars of schools, hence, it will be impossible for candidates to sit for the examination in May because most of the schools are still in their first term.
“Let me also use this opportunity to dispel rumours being peddled about by some people regarding the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much felt in the education sector.
“The academic calendar has been distorted. It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released,” he stated quoting Areghan.
Demianus made it know that “The arrangement is in line with the current academic calendar and was done in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.
“Consequently, the Council wishes to inform schools, candidates and the general public that the examination will hold from August 16, 2021 to September 30, 2021.
“The International timetable for the conduct of the examination will be released in due course.”