Important facts about WAEC

WAEC office  in Lagos
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Here are lists of essential facts about the West African Examination Council which you may not have known.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is an examination board that conducts the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for universities in five West African countries.

According to Wikipedia, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is an examination board established by law to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African countries, to conduct the examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally.

It was established in conjunction with Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia, the English speaking countries of West Africa.

The body came into view after the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, University of London School Examinations Matriculation Council and West African Departments of Education met in 1948, concerning education in West Africa.

It was agreed that the body should come into existence for its essential purpose to education. It was later established in 1952 after the Governments of Ghana (then Gold Coast), Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia enacted the West African Examinations Council Ordinances in 1951.

The headquarter of WAEC is presently at Accra Ghana.

The body is to assist inthe development of sound education and ensure that educational standards are maintained and give the people of West Africa a vision of the high potentials which lie beyond examinations.

It is the role of the body to conduct International Examinations, National Examinations, Examinations conducted in collaboration with other examining bodies and Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies.

WAEC also coordinates examinations in collaboration with the City and guilds of London institute and Royal Society of Arts.

The body also foresees examination in West Africa on behalf of the following international examination bodies: the University of London GCE, Scholastic Aptitude Test for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA, Graduate Record Examinations for Education Testing Service, Princeton, US, JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board) examination in countries outside Nigeria.

It is worthy of note that one can't be admitted into a higher institution of learning without first, obtaining (WASSCE) West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

To obtain a WAEC certificate (WASSCE) Candidates are required to enter and sit for a minimum of 6 core subjects which include the following:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • At least one Nigerian Language (a waiver has been given in by the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigerian since 2003)
  • At least one science subject (Physics, Chemistry or Biology)
  • Literature in English, History or Geography
  • Agricultural Science or at least one vocational subject
    After this, the candidate is expected to choose the other three subjects, not among the core subjects listed above.
    The West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) is conducted twice a year, May-June and November-December.
    Once the examination is completed, it is expected the candidate should purchase a scratch card for the checking of the result. The scratch card is to verify that the student has completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.

WAEC scratch card for the checking of WAEC result

Admissions officers, evaluators, employers, licensing boards in receipt of the WAEC WASSC must request the WAEC scratch card from the candidate to verify the exam results which can be done online through this link

The WAEC scratch card can be purchased at the National Office of WAEC and any of its zonal and branch offices in the respective five countries.

The vision statement of the body is to be a world-class examining body, adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholder while the mission statement is to maintain internationally accepted procedures, to keep providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment and to keep promoting sustainable human resources development, mutual understanding and international cooperation

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