The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has insisted that the National Identification Number (NIN) would become mandatory for registration for its school certificate examination from 2022.
The policy by WAEC falls in line with that of the Federal Government as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.
This disclosure was made by the Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, at a news conference on Tuesday in Lagos, where he said that the NIN would become a major requirement for registration for WASSCE for school candidates with effect from 2022 and subsequent diets.
What WAEC Head of National Office is saying
Areghan stated, ”It will be No NIN, no entry.’’
According to Areghan, this means that all prospective candidates must register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and get their NIN.
He said that plans had been concluded for the smooth conduct of this year’s WASSCE for school candidates which would start on Monday nationwide.
He said, ”In accordance with the final international timetable, our WASSCE 2021, will take place throughout the sub-region from Monday, August 16. However, the examination will end in Nigeria on Sept. 30, spanning a period of seven weeks.
”Statistics for the examination shows that a total of 19,425 recognised secondary schools, comprising 8.052 public and 11,373 private schools, spread across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, will be presenting a total of 1,573,789 candidates.
”This comprises of 792,620 males (50.36%) and 781,169 females (49.64%), for the examination. Candidates would be examined in 76 subjects, made up of 197 papers. About 25,000 senior teachers would be participating in the examination as supervisors.’’
He listed the Covid-19 pandemic as a major reason for the disruption and distortion of the academic calendar in the sub-region.
The WAEC boss said, ”Once again, the examination is going to be conducted under a rather hostile environment, in view of the resurgent COVID-19 (Third wave) pandemic and the un-abating security challenges in some parts of the country.
”As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to ravage the world. Therefore, in conducting the examination, we are once again going to religiously adhere to all the prescribed COVID-19 protocols.
”All examination functionaries have been adequately briefed to ensure compliance. All schools have been mandated to provide hand sanitizers, running-water buckets and detergent/soap at designated points at all examination centers.’’
The HNO added that WAEC supervisors, candidates, invigilators, staff, and other examination functionaries would wear their face masks and wash/sanitize their hands regularly in the course of their duties.
According to him, schools will also provide and operate the thermometer hand-gun on all candidates and examination functionaries, at the entrance of the school premises adding that the council would also ensure physical and social distancing.
On the issue of security and insecurity, the WAEC boss said the council was liaising with the relevant security agencies, as this was purely within their purview.
He also warned all schools, candidates, supervisors, invigilators, principals, and proprietors of schools and all examination functionaries against all acts of examination malpractice.
What you should know
It can be recalled that in a similar circumstance, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), had in March 2021, made NIN mandatory for registration for its 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry.
This was coming after the Federal Government had issued a deadline to all mobile telecom operators to disconnect any subscriber who fails to link his/her NIN to their SIM cards.