The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has adjusted the timetable of the September/October 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates to meet the demand of Muslim candidates.
Head of WAEC’s National Office Mr Charles Eguridu announced this yesterday in Abuja at a media parley with the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN).
He said WAEC had rescheduled the examination, which was to hold on September 25 to October 10 because of the Sallah festivities.
According to the new timetable, Government 2 (Essay) and Government 1 (Objective) scheduled for 2 pm and 4 pm on Friday, September 18, would now hold by 2:30-5:30 pm for papers 2 and 1 on the same date.
Mathematics (2 & 1) scheduled for Friday, September 25, was postponed to Saturday October 10, with Paper 2, holding from 9:30 am to noon and paper 1, from 3-4:30 pm.
He said the examination body was concerned about the yearning of the people.
His words: “Our Muslim brothers expressed concern about the timetable. Some papers were scheduled between 2 pm and 4 pm, and some just before the end of Jumat prayers.
“Our attention has been drawn to this concern and only this afternoon the chairman of WAEC in Nigeria, called my attention and we have decided to effect some amendment to address the concerns of our Muslim brothers.”
The board chairman, who is also the director of Basic and Secondary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Ann Okonkwo, called on Nigerians to support WAEC in its efforts to meet growing demands.
She pledged the support of the Federal Government in ensuring that examination malpractice is reduced.