The board WAEC (West Africa Examination Examination) reacted to the report over the weekend concerning the 2020 WASSCE cancellation.
Reports had emerged over the weekend that the exam had been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Head of WAEC Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Areghan, urged Nigerians to disregard the publications on cancellation of the exam on a signed statement on Sunday.
On the statement, he said that the publication was not from WAEC and the report of refunding N22,500 to candidates who had enrolled for the examination as fake, false, and deceitful.
The full statement:
“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 West African Examinations Council, WAEC. The examination was supposed to start in Nigeria on April 6, 2020 and not April 15, 2020, as stated by the authors.
“The examination fee is N13,950 only, not N22,500. It is, therefore, not reasonable to refund candidates an amount higher than what they had paid to register for the examination.
“WAEC, as an examining body in the sub-region, has not announced the cancellation of the 2020 WASSCE; it only announced a postponement until normalcy is restored.
“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 of2020 WASSCE in the West African sub-region, after due consultations with relevant stakeholders.
“Candidates are, therefore, advised to disregard the publication and concentrate on studying hard for the examination.”