The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has announced that it will no longer amend the date of birth and other entries on the certificate of candidates from January 1, 2017.
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This is even as the council urged candidates to take advantage of the opportunity to review their entries while registering for the West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) on their online portal or obtain affidavits from the courts of law.
The announcement was conveyed in a statement on Thursday by the council’s Public Affairs Officer in Nigeria, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, who averred that development was part of measures to curb examination malpractice.
Ojijeogu also said that all requests for amendment of any information on bio-data could only be considered during and after registration.
He said: “We have observed with chagrin the volume of requests for amendments by candidates as well as the fact that it could be an opening for examination malpractice hence the need to stop the ugly trend. Moreover, where a candidate detects any error in his/her date of birth after the certificate has been printed, he/she will be advised to obtain an affidavit from a court of law as a support to the certificate.
“The council has included in its registration portal, a secondary opportunity for candidates to confirm the correctness of all their entries in the date of birth box. In addition, all requests received prior to the above-stated effective date will be treated on their merit.”