WAEC reverses self, to release withheld results tomorrow

waecWEST African Examination Council (WAEC), yesterday announced that it would within 24 hours release the results of candidates in the 13 states that owe fees for the 2015 May, June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu disclosed this yesterday in Abuja after a meeting with the Executive Director of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Secretariat, Alhaji Abdulateef Shittu.

WAEC had on Monday released the results of 2015 May/ June SSCE, withholding those of 13 states indebted for examination fees, thus affecting over 200,000 candidates in those states.

He explained journalists at a press briefing held at the NGF Secretariat that the decision followed the intervention of the Chairman of NGF, Governor Abdulazeez Yari of Zamfara State, who according to him has indicated that the Forum would positively resolve the matter as soon as possible.
“We have decided to hearken to the appeals and review our earlier position. More so, the continued withholding of the results will adversely affect the educational prospects of the candidates as the results, even now, required by many candidates for admission purpose.

“Consequently, the management of the council has decided that the results of the candidates of the indebted states would be released in deference to all the appeals and the commitment of the NGF. The results are therefore, to be uploaded on our results website in the next 24 hours. This decision is based on our wish not to impede the educational progress of any Nigerian child,” the WAEC chief said.

Eguridu, however, refused to mention the states that are indebted to the council insisting that mentioning the names would serve no purpose “as some states have already started making payments.”

“If I start to mention the name of states that are owing, I may not be fair to those that have paid and they are making attempts to pay. Calling their names would not serve any purpose for now. It would serve no purpose to mention the name of states that owe. Some states have started paying.

“We are a service organisation, the mandate of WAEC is to assist in the development of education in Nigeria. We are not a profit-making organisation and we had to cry out because our creditors were on our neck. In the present circumstance, we want to announce that government is subsidising examination fees of candidates in Nigeria.

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