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Gist+: Girl who gets 9 A’s in WAEC meets with Gov Lalong, secure scholarship


The Plateau State Coordinator on SDGs, Mr. Sam Damla, led the family of Ulan to the government house situated in little Rayfield to meet with the governor.

Sylvia Ulan Andrew has again proven herself to be worthy of excellence as she smashes this year’s WASSCE in flying colors.

After the release of the results of the West African Examination Council exams, Sylvia Ulan, a Plateau State indigene and student of Premier Academy, Lugbe Abuja, got all nine As in her result.


Raised by a single parent, Sylvia’s father died even before she was born and therefore she was raised single-handedly by her mother.

During her Primary education, she passed the National Common Entrance exam with ace and this got her a scholarship from Shell Petroleum Development Company.

Six years after her studies in Premier Academy, Abuja, she has yet again achieved an academic excellence of a higher order as she made all As in her WAEC result.

Amazingly, she has been offered another scholarship. The scholarship came from her state governor the executive governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong. Sylvia Ulan will now have the opportunity to study her dream course, Chemical Engineering.


Governor Simon Bako Lalong was pleased and happy to receive her. He stated that he wasn’t surprise because there lies abundant talents like hers in Plateau State. The governor however was proud of her and congratulated her for the feat and praised her mother for raising her.

Sylvia Ulan Andrew who hails from Bokkos Local Government Area of the State was overwhelmed with joy and thanked the governor and his wife for their warm reception. She promised not to disappoint him and the people of Plateau State as this is a privilege and dream come true for her.


Aug. 4: Secondary schools to reopen, WAEC to commence on Aug. 17


The Federal Ministry of Education has announced the reopening of secondary schools for JSS3 and SS3 (only exit classes) from August 4, 2020.

Students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) which will commence on August 17, 2020.

These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.


In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from August 4, 2020, to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020”.

The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations safe reopening, as agreed.

The ministry further stated that another meeting will be held tomorrow (July 28, 2020) between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.


Nigerian Govt plans Nov/Dec for possible WASSCE


On Thursday, Federal Government announced that Nigerian students might be forced to sit for the General Certificate Examination in November if the country failed to meet up with this year’s timetable for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, NRM reports.

The government explained that that might become necessary since the West African Examination Council could not shift its WASSCE scheduled to commence on August 4.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated these while answering questions from journalists during the press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19.

He, however, said that should Nigeria be able to meet up with WAEC timetable, there was already a negotiated timeline to move local language subjects such as Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa as offered in Nigeria, behind as first written subjects, to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subjects at the same time.


Nwajiuba said, “If you look at what the chairman of the PTF presented in June, he said he was not giving a date for schools resumption. He proposed that in view of WAEC’s timetable, it would be advisable for those, who could, to try and make arrangements to make use of the available facilities and that is what is stated in the guidelines.

“In the guidelines, there is a checklist of the requirements to be put in place and we have given a cut-off date, so we can know who needs help. We need to know if the teachers at your own location cannot be provided with masks; if the school is unable to do that we need to know ahead because states that have given date for resumption of schools are setting a timetable along the lines we have already explained and they are free to do this.

“Many states have come to say they are unable to meet up with that date. That is why the minister (of Education, Adamu Adamu) requested that WAEC give us and the schools some time to meet up.


“WAEC unfortunately, is unable to wholesomely move the exams, but we have also worked out a negotiated timeline with WAEC on what we call peculiar Nigerian subjects which in the language of WAEC are subjects that are only held in Nigeria such as Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba. The Ghanaians will take examinations peculiar to them

“But they are all in the first part of the time table, so we will work out a domestication module that will take our peculiar subjects behind after we have done generals.

“Nigeria is not moving away from it. The option would have been to go to November to take the GCE external exam; Nigeria is carefully studying that if in the event everything fails, we will may go to that.”


FG, WAEC yes shift in WASSCE date


…School proprietors get July 29 deadline to meet guidelines for reopening

The Federal Government and West African Examination Council have agreed to shift the date of West African Senior School Certificate Examination from the August 4 to September 5, 2020, earlier announced by the Council.

Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who made this known on Friday in Abuja, said this was the outcome of a meeting between the Federal Government and officials of WAEC in Nigeria on Monday and that both parties have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date.

The Minister also the government has given school owners in the country up to 29th July 2020 to meet specific guidelines towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.

He said the Ministry, having consulted widely, has in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control,(NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group, developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools.


Director, Information, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Bem Goong, in a statement quoted the minister as saying that the school owners were to prepare and comply with the guidelines.

Nwajuiba urged the schools to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than 29th July 2020.

“Thereafter, consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise,” he said.

The Minister further noted that having taken the painful but necessary decision not to reopen schools without necessary preparations to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism to assess and monitor compliance shall be put in place.


According to him, since Tuesday last week, “we have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including Commissioners of Education in all the states of the federation, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria,(APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools,(NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, some State Governors, and development partners.

“On WAEC, we met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date.

“We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and note the divergent views expressed on the matter, the Minister added.

“Parents should be rest assured that the safety of our students and teachers is paramount as we work assiduously towards the speedy reopening of our schools for the exit classes to take external examinations,” he said.


Nigeria at more risk amid WAEC void – Atiku


Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has reacted after the Minister of Education announced that Nigerian students won’t be taking the 2020 WAEC examination due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Atiku, the cancellation will do more harm than good to the country.



WAEC keep mute on Minister’s comment


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it had nothing to say for now concerning the sudden U-Turn by the Federal Government on Wednesday withdrawing all the Senior Secondary School 3 students in all the 104 unity colleges nationwide from participating in the forthcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) being conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the organisation had on Tuesday at a news conference in Lagos confirmed the earlier announcement of its exam timetable by the minister of state for education, and also gave the details of the schedules on the premise that all governments of the five member countries of WAEC including Nigeria were fully aware and also agreed to go ahead with the exam but under certain safety guidelines and protocols to curb the coronavirus spread.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, at a news conference after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, announced that graduating students of unity colleges would not be allowed to resume schools in order to write this year’s examination.

But when asked for reaction over the latest news, the head of national office of WAEC Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan, told Tribune Online that he had no comment for now on the matter.

According to him, “we don’t want to say anything for now on the matter.”



Makinde ignore FG – insist Oyo WAEC will hold


Oyo State government has announced that SSS3 students in the state would continue their preparation for the examination, despite the federal government’s stance on 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The state commissioner for education, science and technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said that Governor Seyi Makinde-led government is still assessing the situation. The commissioner, however, noted that the state’s schools remained open with students in SSS3 continuing preparation for WASSCE.

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, had on Wednesday, July 8, noted that the secondary school students preparing for their final examinations would not be able to return to school any time soon because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Speaking with journalists in his office, on Thursday, July 9, on the latest federal government’s position, Olaleye said that the state was also watching out for the reaction of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to the development. While acknowledging that WASSCE was a critical part of education for all students in the state, Olaleye pointed out that the state would make its position known based on its assessment of the prevailing situation.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

While stating that the federal government’s directive was specifically for its schools, Olaleye said the state’s schools remained open in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. “I listened to the federal minister of education and he was emphatic about FG schools. We have resumed in Oyo state and you must have seen the level of compliance to COVID-19 protocols by our schools.

“If you go to our schools, you will see that our senior students are still learning and the preparation for WAEC is ongoing. The examination is part of educational development. So the state government will assess the situation especially because of the fact that WAEC is an integral part of educational development hence it cannot be ignored. “WAEC is a regional examination that involves five countries so we are waiting for the reaction of WAEC. The state government will then assess the situation,” Olaleye said.



No Schools will participate in WAEC Exams under my ministry – Adamu


The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu has just announced that no Unity Schools will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams.

Mr Adamu stated this after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

He said that none of the schools under his ministry will resume until schools are considered safe.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The Minister urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams.



WAEC set to release fresh timetable for 2020 Exams


The West African Examination Council is set to release a fresh timetable for the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

This followed an announcement by the Federal Government that the examination would commence from August 4 through September 5.

Speaking at a Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said school facilities would be made available for revision classes ahead of the examination.

Nwajiuba advised parents to take note of the date, noting that “as soon as we conclude WAEC, we will take up the NABTEB and NECO exams.”

He added, “The idea is that we have a month from now till then. Those who can and those who are willing, the states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise.

“We’ve done the most we can to talk with our representatives at WAEC and this (Monday) afternoon, we confirmed dates allotted for the exams will be from the 4th of August through to the 5th of September. “Local timings will be published.”


The minister, therefore, urged all candidates to start preparing for the examination, saying, “We will be asking that those who are not prepared yet should please go and prepare.

Subsequently, WAEC Nigeria stated via its Twitter handle, “The Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan will address the Press tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. #StayTuned #WASSCE2020 #Timetable”

Also, speaking in a telephone interview with newsmen on Tuesday morning, the Head, WAEC Public Affairs, Mr Damian Ojijeogu, said Ehidiamen would address a number of issues regarding the 2020 WASSCE.

He said aside from the timetable, health and safety guidelines would be issued including the mandatory use of face masks for all candidates, temperature checks, use of sanitisers, amongst others.



May/June 2020: WASSCE not cancelled – WAEC says.



The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says the May/June 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, 2020 (WASSCE), has not been cancelled.

In a statement by the Head of WAEC, Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan, on Sunday, the body explained that a notice alleging the cancellation of 2020 WASSCE did not emanate from the council.

The council said it was the handwork of mischief makers and consequently, false and misleading.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake publication circulating in the social media, to the effect that the WAEC has cancelled the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and was, therefore, set to refund N22,500 to candidates who had enrolled for the examination.


”The publication is patently false and deceitful.

” It is nothing but the handiwork of mischief makers who are out to defraud innocent and unsuspecting candidates and their parents/guardians.

”This piece of news is certainly not from the WAEC. It falls short of the council’s style, language and factual details. They got it all wrong.


“To begin with, the fee for the examination is N13,950 only and not N22,500.

”WAEC, as an examining body in the sub-region, has not announced the cancellation of the examination.

”It only announced a postponement until normalcy is restored. WAEC couldn’t have made a mistake in the full meaning of its acronym.


”We wish to use this opportunity to reassure all registered candidates, schools and other stakeholders that once the situation returns to normal, the council will come up with a new International Timetable for the conduct of the examination in the West African sub-region.

”This will take effect after due consultations with relevant stakeholders. Candidates are, therefore, advised to disregard the publication and concentrate on studying hard for the examination,” the WAEC boss said.



COVID-19: WAEC not to accommodate visitors.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria has barred visitors from its offices nationwide to help contain the Coronavirus disease.

A statement signed by the Head of National Office (HNO), Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan on Monday noted that some workers would be available to attend to registration for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates 2020.

The statement reads: “In the light of the global Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19), The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria has followed international protocols, including the recommended health and safety measures by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), for social distancing and keeping the work environment safe for staff and stakeholders.

“In addition to steps already taken, the Council has decided to take the following extra measures to forestall the spread of the disease:

1. Visitors will not be allowed into the Council’s offices nationwide, beginning from tomorrow, March 24, 2020. The general public is advised to take advantage of available online channels for enquiries, etc.

2. Some staff have been placed on essential duties to accommodate schools registering candidates for the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020.”


COVID-19: WASSCE 2020 postponed indefinitely

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has postponed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, 2020 indefinitely.

This was confirmed in a statement released by WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan.

The statement stated that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement reads in part: “The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination

“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.

“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.

Areghan noted that the timetable for the examination had been suspended and would be “reviewed once the health situation improves.”


Principals should stop over billing WAEC candidates – Kogi government warns

The Kogi Government on Tuesday warned principals of both private and public secondary schools in the state against overcharging students for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) registration fees.

Mr Eric Aina, the Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, gave the warning when he led a team from the ministry to monitor schools in Lokoja for resumption for the second term 2019/2020 Academic activities.

”The ministry has received reports from the society that principals are overcharging parents for WAEC registration fees.

”We have given out our directive and we have advised principals of both public and private secondary schools in the state to strictly comply with the directives on the floating paper.

”Any principal that overcharges students would have to give his own explanations, and if the ministry is not satisfied with the explanation, such principal would be made to face the necessary disciplinary action,” Aina said.

The permanent secretary commended teachers in the schools visited for their impressive attendance in school and for immediately commencing teachings in their various classes on first and second of resumption.

“So far, we have visited several schools on Monday and Tuesday and we are satisfied with the turnout of teachers, but there were very low turnout of students.

”We are impressed with the attendance of teachers and we appreciate their efforts, but we also implore them to intensify such efforts,” he said.

He expressed his disappointment over the low turnout of students and pupils in schools, and appealed to parents and guardians to release their wards to resume school as teaching had commenced.

The Kogi Government has advised parents and guardians to allow their children and wards to resume classes for the second term 2019/2020 Academic activities.

Aina, however, expressed satisfaction with the turnout of students and staff at the Crowder Memorial College, saying some of the students were seen writing test on the day of resumption.

He urged other schools to emulate such initiative as a way of persuading students and pupils to always resume school on resumption date.

Other schools monitored were: Muslim Comm. Secondary School, Harmony Secondary School Lokoja, Saint Luke Primary School and Alhikmat Science Secondary School, Lokoja, among others


Ondo: Gunmen demand N20M after kidnapping WAEC staff.

…who confirmed the kidnap?

Unknown gunmen have kidnapped a staff of West African Examination Council, Gbenga Adebayo, on the Owo/Akungba Akoko Road in Ondo State.

According to reports, Adebayo was abducted while transiting his son to the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, in his vehicle over the weekend. A junior staff at the WAEC office in Akure, who confirmed the news of the abduction said Adebayo was ambushed on the road by the kidnappers.

“One of his friends who was inside the vehicle alongside his son were able to escape before abductors could reach them,” the source said. A family member of the victim also confirmed the abduction, noting that the kidnappers are asking for a ransom of N20m before Adebayo could he set free.

“They contacted one of our brothers on the phone yesterday but we told them we don’t have such fund. They threatened to kill him (Adebayo) if we failed to raise the fund,” the family member said.

It was gathered that a sum of N1.2m had already been raised by the family and some WAEC staff but the abductors turned down the money and asked that it should be completed. Spokesperson for the police in Ondo, Femi Joseph, said the command had been briefed about Adebayo’s kidnap and was working to ensure his release.