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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says that prospective school candidates without National Identification Number (NIN) will be allowed to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

WAEC reverses No NIN, No Exam policy for 2022 WASSE

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says that prospective school candidates without National Identification Number (NIN) will be allowed to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The council’s Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, gave the assurance at a news conference to announce the release of results of the WASSCE 2021 for Private Candidates Second Series on Monday in Lagos.

Areghan was speaking against the backdrop of apprehension by some parents, following the recent collapse of the NIMC portal.

He noted that it was commonplace to occasionally experience such challenges with the introduction of new policies, noting that everything would fall in place with time.

“When the NIMC portal had the challenge, many persons became apprehensive, especially as it fell within the period when candidates were supposed to be registering for the 2022 WASSCE for schools.

“I remember very clearly that before now, we had announced that candidates will not be able to write the WASSCE without the NIN, that is, no NIN, no exam.

“We want to state here that following the recent challenge posed by the NIMC portal, candidates are free to write the examination without presenting their NIN.

“Those with the NIN card can come along with it to school but nobody is going to be disadvantaged.

“Every Nigerian child will write the examination. Non possession of the NIN will not debar any child from writing the examination. It should not be a hindrance because we have instructed principals of schools to compile and forward list of prospective candidates without the NIN to council.

Whenever they provide the NIN, we impute them accordingly in their data,” Areghan stated.

On the level of compliance for registration of candidates for the 2022 WASSCE for school candidates, Areghan lamented that the response by schools in this regard was abysmally low.

He noted that not less than 1.6 million candidates were expected to register for the examination but that regrettably, as Friday, 11th, only about 300,000 details of candidates had been uploaded.

“This is not encouraging. All things being equal, this examination may hold in it’s traditional May/June, depending on the decision from the regional headquarters.

“This non compliance to registration deadline is one of the challenges facing the council in conducting our examination. We have even extended our registration deadline from Feb. 12 to Feb. 25, just to accommodate everyone. Yet, some schools are non-challant about it.

“We are appealing to these schools to do the needful in order to give us ample time to prepare adequately for the pre and post examination materials,” Areghan stated.

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