Breaking News on Waec postponement: For the West African sub-region, the education sector became the latest casualty of the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with the postponement by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), of its 68th Annual Council Meeting (ACM), scheduled to hold March 23 to 27 in Monrovia, Liberia.
The WAEC Registrar, Mr. Pateh Bah, announced the postponement on Monday.
Bah said: “Under the current unfortunate circumstances, the International Administrative and Finance Committee, at its 176th (Special) Meeting held in Accra on Thursday, March 12, 2020, had to make a difficult decision to suspend the 68th Annual Council Meeting until the global health situation improves.”
Sodiq Oyeleke The 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination has been postponed indefinitely. The West African Examinations Council made this known in a statement on Friday.
The statement quoted WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, as saying that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, was postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic
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WAEC would have announced the best three countries as well as the best three candidates in the West African School Certificate Examinations (WAEC).
WAEC with member countries being Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Liberia and Sierra-Leone remains the only colonial institution to have survived the post-independence era in the sub-region.
March 16, each year is usually set aside for the celebration of the birth of WAEC and it is 68 years old today.
Areghan said the Waec timetable for the examination would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic situation improves.
“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.
“This decision is a demonstration of the organizations concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”
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