The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that it will soon begin the conduct of its examination (GCE) for private candidates twice in a year with effect from 2017.
This was made by the council Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, on the sidelines of the council’s “Registrar’s Staff Appraisal Committee’’ meeting on Wednesday in Accra, Ghana.
He said, “The West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates known as the November/December diet for private candidates will now be conducted in January/February and August/September.’’
The measure is to ensure that many private candidates, who desire the certificate for various purposes, will have the opportunity of writing the examination and acquire the certificate.
Uwadiae continued: “We have concluded arrangements to commence writing of our WASSCE for private candidates twice a year from 2017.
“This will take place in January/February and August/September every year in all the member countries.
“This development, however, does not affect that of the school candidates, popularly called May/June.
“That one remains once a year for all school candidates.’’
He also revealed that administering the WASSCE for private candidates twice a year was part of the projections of the council in 2017.
The Registrar added that as part of its mandate to render qualitative service to all member nations, the council is looking forward to a more rewarding 2017.
He continued: “That is the essence of this meeting, which brings all the Heads of National Offices (HNO) from member countries together.
“This meeting takes place once a year to discuss the appraisals of the international staff in member countries and recommend members of staff that are due for promotion.
“During the meeting too, there is also a follow up action on staff with negative appraisals after which recommendations from the committee are forwarded to the international committee for ratifications.
“All these are parts of what we do in order to make the activities of the council more relevant and beneficial to our people.’’