The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced plans to launch digital versions of the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) from a certain year for those who have lost their originals.
Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Patrick Areghan, announced this yesterday while addressing reporters ahead of WAEC’s Council meeting and 70th anniversary which will hold next week in Abuja.
He said the initiative would reduce the inconveniences people experienced after losing their certificates.
According to him, the bearers of such lost certificates will now be able to request for digital copies from wherever they are.
Areghan said: “If you lose your certificate from a particular year, you do not need to panic. Just use your phone to access our website and your digital certificate will be there.”
Areghan said the digital certificate was one of many initiatives WAEC Nigeria introduced for improved operations of the Council in the last 70 years.
The HNO also spoke on digital examination centre locator; digitalising access to WAEC statistics, among others.
“Any service you want is available on our portal. With our centre locator, you can find any examination centre. WAEC has gone digital in all its operations,” he said.
Addressing reporters on the significance of the 70th anniversary, Areghan said Nigeria had played a significant role in WAEC’s development.
He added: “The success of WAEC is hinged on the support it garners from the government of the five-member countries, most especially the Nigeria national office, which holds a lot for the impressive score card that it flaunts in the comity of Educational Assessment Institutions.
“WAEC owes a lot of gratitude to the governments and good people of its member nations.”
During next week’s Council meeting, Areghan said WAEC will roll out the drums between March 14 and 18 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
The programme will feature the 27th Endowment Fund lecture by Prof. Ngozi Osarenren of the Educational Foundation Department of the University of Lagos (UNILAG); opening ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari, during which the best candidates and schools in the 2021 West African senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be rewarded.
“During the formal opening ceremony, awards will be presented to the winners of the International Excellence and National Distinction awards. The Omo N’Oba Erediauwa coronation awards will be presented to the best male and best female candidates while the Augustus Bandele Oyediran trophy award will be presented to the school with the best aggregate result in WASSCE for school candidates 2021.
“During the ceremony, we shall witness the conferment of the prestigious award f Distinguished Friend of Council on two eminent Nigerian personalities.
“Also, the investiture of the vice chairman of Council will take place during the opening ceremony,”