West African Examinations Council known as WAEC is an international examination body that conducts the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for English speaking West African countries. The results of this examination are required by candidates desirous of pursuing higher education to do so. The body was set up in the year 1952 by the governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia with Liberia joining much later.
Ever since the council has continued to contribute its quota to education development in the region. The examination body is non-profit seeking and has also set up an endowment fund targeted at improving education across West African states through lectures and aid to those who cannot afford to pay for their education.
WAEC OFFICES IN LAGOS, NIGERIA
- WAEC International Office, Lagos
- The West African Examinations Council,
- International Office
- Plot 6, Lateef Jakande Road
- Agidingbi, Ikeja
- Lagos, Nigeria
- NIGERIA NATIONAL OFFICE
- 21, Hussey Street, Yaba;
- Private Mail Bag 1022, Yaba, Lagos.
- Tel: (01) 7305150,961016,2136455,8974569
- www.waecdirect.org, www.waecnigeria.org, www.waeconline.org.ng
EXAMINATIONS CONDUCTED BY WAEC
There are four different categories of examinations conducted by WAEC. They are International Examinations, National Examinations, Examinations conducted by the body in collaboration with other examining bodies, and lastly, Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies. International exams conducted by the council are taken in the five countries with the WAEC ordinance. The international exams consist of:
- WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination)
- WASSCE FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES (FIRST SERIES) conducted between JANUARY–FEBRUARY
- WASSCE FOR (SCHOOL CANDIDATES) conducted between MARCH-MAY
- WASSCE FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES (MAIN GCE) conducted between SEPTEMBER–OCTOBER
National examinations taken in individual countries under the Council include:
- The Junior Secondary School Certificate for Nigeria and the Gambia,
- Junior and Senior High School Certificate Examinations for Liberia,
- National Primary School and Basic Education Certificate Examinations for Sierra Leone,
- Basic Education Certificate Examinations for Ghana, and
- Senior School Certificate Examinations for Ghana.
WAEC also coordinates examinations together with some other top examining bodies like;
- City and Guilds of London Institute
- Royal Society of Arts
The council in West Africa also conducts examination on behalf of international examination bodies such as:
- University of London GCE
- Scholastic Aptitude Test and Graduate Record Examinations for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA, and
- JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board) examination in countries outside Nigeria.
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF WAEC
Events that led to the establishment of WAEC started in the year 1948. The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, University of London School Examinations Matriculation Council and West African Departments of Education met to deliberate on issues concerning education in West Africa. The sole purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future policy of education in West Africa. Dr. George Barker Jeffery then Director of the University Of London Institute Of Education was saddled with the responsibility of visiting the affected countries and drawing up a plan recommendations. His 3 months visit to Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone lasted from December of 1949 to March 1950 after which he submitted his report strongly supporting the need for the establishment of a West African Examination Council.
His report formed the skeletal framework from which WAEC was set up. The council was set up after an Ordinance was passed by the legislative assemblies of Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia. This happened in the month of December in 1951. Liberia, the 5th country that is covered by the council much later in 1974 issued its own ordinance at the annual meeting that was held in Lagos, Nigeria. The first meeting of the council was called and it held in Accra, Ghana in the month of March 1953. Five committees were formed at the meeting to assist the council.
These are the Administrative and Finance Committee, School Examinations Committee, Public Service Examinations Committee, The Professional, Technical and Commercial Examinations Committee, and the Local Committee. The Council celebrated its 50th anniversary in Abuja, Nigeria in the month of March 2002. Today, the council is approaching 70 years.
STRUCTURE OF WAEC
WAEC is structurally divided into three major parts: International committees, National Committees, and Subcommittees. The International Committee deal with all sort of matters that affect all member states and also harmonize national views concerning policies of WAEC as a whole.
The National committees deal with matters relating to each specific member countries. The National committees in addition also assist in the articulation of national views on issues affecting the policy of the entire council. The subcommittees of the council deal with various other aspects of the Council’s activities to ensure the Council runs smoothly.
TIPS ABOUT REGISTERING AND WRITING WAEC EXAMS
- Candidates apply for WAEC exams should note that examination fees are non-refundable.
- Registration is started by each Candidate emailing their fingerprints.
- Each submitted registration form must be accompanied with good quality passport size photographs. Entries with bad passport photographs will be outrightly rejected.
- Registration pin/code can be purchased anywhere and used for uploading entries from anywhere.
- Candidates are to study very well all the information on the website before registering
- Candidates writing WAEC exams are to study the Regulations, Syllabuses as well as the Timetable for the examination which can be downloaded on the WAEC website.
- Candidates who for some reason lose their registration pin/code will have to purchase another card.
- All candidates must enter examination halls in mufti and without arms. No professional uniform of any kind will be entertained in exam halls.
- All results of candidates who register more than once will be canceled.
- Smoking of any kind is not allowed in the examination hall.
- Cell phones and similar electronic devices are not allowed in the examination halls.
- Involvement in examination malpractices will be severely punished.
- No request for amendment/correction of any information voluntarily submitted by the candidate at the point of registration will be entertained after the conduct of the exam.
CONCLUSION ON LIST OF WAEC OFFICES IN LAGOS
WAEC has for almost 70 years been helping the Anglophone region of West Africa develop its education sector further. The Council is nonprofit seeking and even seeks to help financially handicap students to get an education.
Examinations conducted by the Council are of the highest standard and the certificates issued by the Council are on par with similar certificates obtained in the UK.
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