The Nigeria Office of West Africa Examinations Council has announced that Nigeria is not yet ready for the 2021 certificate examination.
The Head of the Nigeria Office, Patrick Areghan disclosed this during a press briefing while announcing the release of private candidates’ results for the WAEC 2021 first series on Tuesday.
According to Areghan’s explanation, he said, “It will be calamitous to offer the exam to students in the first term; as we all know, the schools are running different terms. We do not know when the exam will be conducted, but we will conduct it if the government says so.”
He said the Nigeria federation is not ready for the 2021 exit exam, stating that, they were to start all over again because they are still struggling as some countries just started their educational system afresh, adding that, “If the government says, don’t conduct exams, we cannot do it.”
He said, “Nobody is ready for the exam due to COVID-19. If the government says we should conduct the exam today, we are ready for the exam. We can’t conduct it in April, May, June, but to obey the Nigerian government and in conjunction with the other four countries and then the international timetable will be drawn.”
Areghan also disclosed that the private examination was primarily to reduce the waiting time for results and for those candidates seeking admission into the tertiary institutions to beat deadlines.
He said, the analysis from the statistics of candidates performance shows that, out of the 7,289 candidates that sat for the examination, 2,938 which represents 40.31 percent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without English Language and Mathematics, while 1,396 were male and 1,542 were female representing 47.52 percent and 52.48 percent respectively.
He further said, “Two thousand one hundred and ninety-five (2,195) candidates representing 30.11 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Also, he added that the results of 599 candidates representing 8.22 percent of the total number of candidates were being withheld.
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