WAEC’s deadline on collection of certificates: Things you need to know

LAST week, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) issued an ultimatum calling on owners of certificates in its keep to come for them latest by December. The deadline was necessitated by the congestion in the storage facilities of the Council for the hard copies.According to Mr Idowu Omoya, Deputy Registrar of the WAEC office in Lagos, the Council was charging past WASSCE candidates a sum of N2,000 for the collection of their certificates.

He added that this sum will increase after the ultimatum issued by the council elapses.

“The store room in which these certificates have become congested and has become a burden. So, candidates need to make their collections for decongestion or else will be charged extra fees which has not been determined yet.”

The process required for the collection of certificates could, however not be gathered as the Council’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Y D Ari Yusuf, was unavailable.

Education Tribune investigations however revealed that candidates who wish to collect their certificates have to approach the Council with a written application and evidence of haven paid the sum of N2,000. Observers are however of the opinion that considering the present predicament in which the Council have found itself, it may need to evolve a system where pin numbers are supplied candidates such that the documents come as soft copies and can be accessible to even candidates outside West Africa without having to recourse to coming back to the location of their former schools or examinations points.

The WAEC, had threatened to impose penalties on candidates who failed to collect their certificates on or before December 31, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mr Yusuf Ari, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

It stated that millions of certificates of candidates who sat for WAEC examinations since 1960s had long been signed but were not collected by candidates. The statement reads:

“We wish to inform the general public that certificates up to May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by WAEC have been printed and dispatched to schools for collection by candidates.

“And certificates for external candidates for up to November/December 2012 WASSCE diet, also conducted by the council have also been printed and are equally awaiting collection by candidates at WAEC offices nationwide.

“The external candidates, especially who wrote the November/December examination diets are advised to go and collect their certificates from all our zonal branches or satellite offices in the states.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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