Determined to boost operational efficiency, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) said the Nigeria National Office is set to commission its own Digital Security Printing Press which is the first of its kind by the Council in Nigeria.
Patrick E. Areghan, Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, said the Printing press is a response to the growing needs of the Nigeria National office.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, where he acquainted stakeholders on the latest developments in the operations of the Council, Areghan said a Digital Certificate software project embarked by the council been completed and it is now set for launch to enable end-users enjoy the enormous benefits of the service.
The HNO said WAEC’s Nigeria National office boasts of having very reliable and robust Computer Based and Aptitude Test Services, situated at the WAEC Testing and Training Centre, Ogba – an edifice that houses state-of-the art facilities.
He further said that with the EDUSTAT platform, interested stakeholders can have access to WAEC statistics online, adding that this is very useful for researchers, organisations and governments at all levels and solves the problem of falsification and accessibility.
Areghan disclosed that with WAEC ChatBot, the general public can access all WAEC services online and real-time by patronising the WAEC Request Management Portal (WAEC CHATBOT) by simply logging onto www.request.waec.org.
He said that the registration for the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2022 – Second Series is currently ongoing as registration commenced 13th of July, 2022 and the first entry period will end on the 12th of August, 2022.
According to him, there will be provision for walk-in-candidates throughout the duration of the examination.
“You can enroll a day to the date of the paper you wish to take and simply walk into the examination hall to take it. Candidates will be tested in 36 subjects/108 papers,” he said.
“The examination will be conducted in all the states of the federation. Registration PINs can be purchased from accredited banks and cashless payment points/Point of Sales (POS) operators. The cost of the Registration PIN is Eighteen Thousand (18,000) naira only, with a commission fee of N500.00 only payable to the sales agent. Candidates can log on to www.waeconline.org.ng for more information.
Candidates will be expected to supply their NIN as part of the registration requirements”.
Commenting further, the HNO said WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2023 – First Series will follow shortly after the end of WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2022 – Second Series, in January/February, 2023.
These various examination diets are aimed at reducing the waiting time for candidates to access examinations and obtain results and hence, increase access to higher education.
He hinted that the WAEC Verify product has since been launched and it is operational. “It provides online access to tertiary institutions and other establishments for the verification of prospective students’/applicants’ results,” he said.