WAEC Releases Results For Private Candidates

Female Candidates Outshine Male As WAEC Withholds 180,205 Results


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private Candidates who sat for the 2019 Second Series.

The examination which took place from August 29 to October 2, 2019, had a total of 94,884 candidates who sat for the examination.

Head of the Nigeria National Office WAEC, Mr. Olu Olanipekun, at a press briefing, gave a breakdown of candidates’ performances.

He said that 91,225 candidates have their results fully processed and released while 3,659 candidates have a few of their subjects still being processed.

“The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates shows that out of the Ninety-Four Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-Four (94,884) candidates that sat the examination, 49,679 candidates representing 52.36% obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.

“33,304 candidates obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects including English Language and Mathematics.”

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Mr. Olanipekun added that 9,457 candidates were reported to have been involved in one form of examination malpractice or the other, and their cases will be presented to the appropriate Committee of Council and the decision of the Council on their cases will be communicated to the affected candidates within the shortest possible time.

Meanwhile, he stated that “110 candidates with varying degrees of special needs registered for the examination, out of which 38 were visually challenged, 15 had impaired hearing, 12 had low vision, 3 were physically challenged and 8 were spastic cum mentally challenged.”

He added that all the special needs candidates were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination and their results have been fully processed and released along with those of other candidates.

The WAEC boss explained that candidates can check their results on the council’s website: www.waecdirect.org with their Result Checker PIN and Serial Number contained on the candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination.

He revealed the progress made so far with the Electronic Certificate Management System, an online portal being deployed to enable private candidates to request their certificates online, saying that beginning with the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2019-Second Series, the collection of certificates would be based on requests by candidates online.

WAEC Appoints Gambia’s Pateh Bah As New Registrar

                                                                                                                                                             Pateh Bah



The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has appointed Mr Pateh Bah as its new Registrar/Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The examination body disclosed this in a statement on Thursday by its Director of Public Affairs, Mr Abiodun Aduloju.

According to the statement, the appointment was ratified by the International Governing Board of WAEC at its 67th Annual Meeting held in Freetown, Sierra Leone in March 2019.

Bah from the Gambia succeeds Dr Iyi Uwadiae from Nigeria and is appointed for a five-year tenure from October 2019 to September 2024.

He is a graduate of Pune University, Maharashtra in India from where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1997.

The new WAEC boss also holds various postgraduate and professional qualifications from other institutions in India and the United Kingdom.

He worked briefly with the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Banjul, The Gambia from 1990 to 1991 before he joined the service of WAEC at the Gambia National Office on October 9, 1991.

In 2002, Bah was appointed as Personal Assistant to the Registrar/CEO after which he relocated to the Council’s headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

While at the Headquarters, he rose to the position of Principal Assistant Registrar on April 1, 2010, and successfully served as Personal Assistant to two successive Registrars.

Based on a special request by the Board of Directors of the Gambia Office of WAEC – The Gambia Administrative and Finance Committee – Bah was deployed in June 2010 to temporarily take charge of the Gambia National Office when its headship fell vacant.

He was later made the acting Head of National Office for a two-year term from September 2010 to August 2012 and at the expiration of the period, he was appointed the substantive Head of the Office with effect from October 12, 2012, a position he held until he assumed office as the 13th Registrar to Council on October 1, 2019.

He was a member of the Governing Boards of the Gambia Technical Training Institute and the Gambia National Accreditation & Quality Assurance Authority.

Bah also served as Chairman, Audit Committee of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) and the present Treasurer of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA), as well as a member representing Africa on the Board of Trustees of the IAEA.

Borno Governor Approves WAEC Fees For 24,323 Students

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.



Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has approved the release of N152.6 million to settle the registration fees of 24,323 indigenous students in Borno State.

A statement Friday by the governor’s special adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Isa Gusau, says the beneficiaries are those who sat for the May/June 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Gusau explained that the approval was in compliance with an established sponsorship policy in which the state government contributes 45 per cent cost of registration fees per student.

He added that parents and guardians contribute 25 per cent while local government areas pay the balance of 30 per cent for students of their councils.

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The approval followed a request by the Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Education, Mohammed Abacha.

According to Gusau, Professor Zulum wishes the students the best of luck and that they make Borno proud by the time the results are out.

He said the governor believes the contributions from the state and local government areas would inspire all pupils preparing towards future examinations to dedicate themselves to studies.

The Governor, according to his aide, expects that government efforts will encourage parents, to in a continuous manner, play their critical roles to support the learning and good characters of their children and wards.

He also urged school administrators and teachers to be consistent in doing everything humanly possible to uphold a high standard in teaching and the preparation of students for all examinations, especially towards the senior school certificates which often determine the professional future of citizens.

Female Candidates Outshine Male As WAEC Withholds 180,205 Results

Female Candidates Outshine Male As WAEC Withholds 180,205 Results


Female candidates who sat for the 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates outshined their male counterparts in the examination, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has said.

The Head of Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Olu Adenipekun, announced this on Friday while briefing reporters at the Council’s office in Yaba, Lagos.

According to him, the percentage of female candidates who scored a minimum of five credits, including English Language and Mathematics was more than the male.

Adenipekun said, “A total of 1,596,161 candidates registered for the examination from 18,639 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria.

“Of that number, 1,590,173 candidates sat for the examination, among which 822,098 were male while 768,075 were female, representing 51.70 per cent and 48.30 per cent respectively.”

“No fewer than 1,309,570 candidates representing 82.35 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects, i.e with or without English Language and/or Mathematics; while 1,020,519 candidates, representing 64.18 per cent, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“Of this number, 507,862, that is 49.77 per cent, were males and 512,657, that is 50.23 per cent, were female candidates,” he added.

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The WAEC official revealed further that the Council withheld the results of 180,205 candidates in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice, representing 11.33 per cent of the total number of candidates.

He explained that the cases were being investigated and reports of the investigations would be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council in due course.

Adenipekun added that the Committee’s decisions would be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.

He thanked the staff of the Council for their commitment during the conduct, marking process and the release of the results within the period it promised stakeholders.

WAEC Releases 2019 May/June Results


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released it’s 2019 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) result.

This was after the examination body made a release on their official twitter handle @waecnigeria.

The statement was signed on Thursday by the spokesperson of the board, Demianus Ojijeogu.

”This is to inform candidates and the general public that the results of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2019 in Nigeria will be released by the Council within the next 24hours,” the official said.

The council also said candidates who are not indebted to the council will be able to access and check their results online, using the results checker pin on their smart identity cards used during the conduct of the examination.

More to follow…

Osun Election: I Didn’t Forge WAEC Certificate, Adeleke Tells Court

Osun Election: I Didn’t Forge WAEC Certificate, Adeleke Tells Court
A file photo of Senator Ademola Adeleke. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.


Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the September 2018 Osun State governorship election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Tuesday told the Court of Appeal in Abuja that he did not forge the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate he presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission to get clearance for the poll.

Senator Adeleke insisted at the appellate court that the certificate he attached to his nomination Form CF 001 was lawfully issued to him and was confirmed by WAEC in its affidavit which it submitted as evidence to the Federal Capital Territory High Court in the Bwari area of Abuja.

He, therefore, asked the court to set aside the judgment of Justice Oathman Musa of an Abuja High Court which ‘erroneously’ held that his certificate was forged as alleged by two chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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In the final adoption of his brief of argument by his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju , Senator Adeleke told the three-man panel of the court headed by Justice Adamu Jauro that what he presented to the electoral body to secure qualification for the governorship election was exactly what the examination body presented before the lower court when it was ordered to do so by Justice Musa.

He said the results, scores, and content in both certificates were the same, adding that the only difference was the format in which it was presented.

Ogunwumiju further told the appellate court that Justice Musa erred in law when he ignored the document which he had ordered WAEC to present before the court, with which he arrived at his decision that Senator Adeleke did not possess the requisite academic qualification for the office of governor.

He added that there was no case of non-qualification or forgery against the lawmaker before the lower court.

Similarly, the PDP in its own appeal through its counsel, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, urged the appellate court to dismiss the suit for being incompetent and statute barred.

He said the suit was in violation of the Fourth Alteration Act to the 1999 Constitution, having not been filed within the 14 days allowed by law.

According to the PDP’s legal adviser, the suit was filed 44 four days after the cause of action had arisen, while judgment was delivered outside the 180 days prescribed by law for a pre-election matter.

On their part, the two respondents through their counsel, Mr Joel Akomolafe, urged the court to uphold the judgment of the lower court.

Akomolafe argued that the appellants did not appeal the issue of jurisdiction at the lower court.

He informed the court that the trial court had dismissed Senator Adeleke and PDP’s motion challenging jurisdiction, on the grounds that it was canvassed late in the trial.

After taking arguments from all parties in the suit, the three-man panel of the appeal court led by Justice Adamu Jauro reserved judgment for a date to be communicated to parties in the matter.

Keyamo: ‘Why Drag Adeleke When Buhari Does Not Need WAEC Certificate’ – Nigerians React


Reactions have trailed a comment by Festus Keyamo (SAN) suggesting that one does not need to have a WAEC certificate to become President of Nigeria. 

Keyamo who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics argued that beyond the WAEC certificate, there are other levels of qualification to run for the post of President in Nigeria.

The Senior Advocate’s comment stirred varied reactions across the nation.

Following his interview and comment which some have termed as controversial, Nigerians took to social media to air their views on the subject matter, many holding views that were at variance with that of Keyamo.

Below are some reactions as polled from Twitter.

In defence of his statement on Channels Television, Keyamo has also taken to Twitter to shed more light on the certificate issue.

Below are Keyamo’s tweets in which he further clarified how the issue of not having a WAEC certificate differs from the forgery of a certificate as with the case of Senator Ademola Adeleke in Osun State.

Buhari’s WAEC Certificate Is ‘Fake, Of No Effect’ – PDP

Buhari's WAEC Certificate Is 'Fake, Of No Effect' – PDP
President Muhammadu Buhari receives his original certificate from WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, at the State House in Abuja on November 2, 2018.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the attestation and confirmation of result issued to President Muhammadu Buhari by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

The opposition party described the document as fake in a statement on Sunday, two days after WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, presented the document to the President at the Presidential Villa.

“A check on the attestation clearly shows that it does not have the “Original Certificate Number”, the key authentication feature in all genuine attestations by WAEC,” the PDP claimed in the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

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It added, “Instead, a ‘non-applicable’ is entered, indicating that the beneficiary does not have a certificate to be attested to, thus rendering the said attestation unauthenticated, fake and of no effect.

“Most appalling is that Mr President’s handlers have succeeded in dragging a reputable institution as WAEC into public disrepute and opprobrium, as Nigerians are quick to demonstrate marks of forgery in the attestation issued by the examination body.”

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The party noted that the attestation was for West African Senior School Certificate, alleging that President Buhari could not have sat for the examination as the Senior School Certificate Examination was established in the late 1980s.

“Does it not smack of a high-level scam that the same WAEC, which, in 2015, confirmed that it does not have records of President Buhari’s certificate, now had to send officials to present Mr President with an attestation, that has no original certificate number?” it queried.

The PDP noted that by WAEC rules, attestations were only issued in the case of missing or destroyed certificate.

It then wondered why the examination body would issue an attestation to President Buhari, saying the President had said his certificate was with the military and not missing or destroyed.

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The party accused the Presidency of using the development to deceive Nigerians, adding that President Buhari should have used his powers as the Commander-in-Chief to direct the military to make available his credentials for all to see.

“What the unauthenticated attestation has shown is that Mr President does not have a WAEC certificate; we urge his handlers to humbly so admit and apologise to the nation, having exhausted all gimmicks to mislead Nigerians,” it claimed.

The PDP purported, “The Buhari Presidency should know that there is no way the truth can be suppressed. In fact, the current disagreement between the Presidency and WAEC over who initiated the attestation deal is also very revealing.”

WAEC Issues Certificate To Buhari

WAEC Confirms President Buhari's Certificate
President Muhammadu Buhari receives his original certificate from WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, at the State House in Abuja on November 2, 2018.


The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has issued an attestation and confirmation of result to President Muhammadu Buhari.

WAEC Registrar, Iyi Uwadiae, presented the document to the President on Friday at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.


Dr Uwadiae was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by the WAEC Head, Nigeria National Office, Olutise Adenipekun; Head of Public Affairs, Abiodun Aduloju; and WAEC Zonal Coordinator (Abuja), Olufemi Oke, among others.

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President Muhammadu Buhari with a delegation from WAEC at the State House in Abuja on November 2, 2018.


Government officials also present are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, and Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

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Reacting to the development, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, took to Twitter to fault those who have criticised his principal over his certificate.

President Buhari’s school result has been a subject of controversy lately after he submitted his nomination forms to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) without a copy of his certificate.


Earlier, the Presidency engaged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a war of words following a suit challenging President Buhari’s eligibility to contest the election in 2019 over his certificate.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, had later accused the opposition party of sowing division among the people.

He described the suit challenging the President’s certificate as a waste of time, arguing that there were records of higher qualifications obtained by hard work and truly merited by his principal.

On the other hand, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, purported that the Presidency was always fretting whenever the issue of President Buhari’s academic certificate was mentioned.

He said this confirmed assertion that the President was hiding something from Nigerians and called on the President’s handlers to do the needful by placing the certificate in the public domain.

WAEC Confirms President Buhari's Certificate
President Muhammadu Buhari receives his original certificate from WAEC Registrar, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, at the State House in Abuja on November 2, 2018.

Niger Govt Approves N300m For WAEC Fees


The Niger State government has approved the sum of N300m for the payment of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for its secondary school students to encourage schooling.

There is a growing number of out-of-school children in the state which has become worrisome for the state government as it makes efforts to tackle the challenge.

The Commissioner for Education, Fatima Madugu, said that schools are being deserted almost on a daily basis by children whose families can no longer afford to meet the cost of sending their wards to school.

She added that the decision by the state government to pay the money is to offset the debts owed examination body by the immediate past government and to also pay the current fees for students writing the exam.

She said that a warning has also been issued to all management of public schools to desist from collecting P. T. A levies from the students and that the policy will be sustained for as long as the current administration is in place.

Senate To Probe Revenue Generation For WAEC, NECO


Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has directed the Senate Committee on Education to probe the revenue generated by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

The directive comes after the Joint Admissions and the Matriculation Board (JAMB) remitted more than N5billion to the coffers of the Federal Government.

The lawmaker representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, had also raised a point of order on the revenue accrued by JAMB.

Speculations are also high that the Upper House might beam its searchlight on the former heads of WAEC, NECO, and JAMB, over alleged poor remittances in previous years.

Senator Saraki, on Wednesday, ordered the Senate Committees on Education and Tertiary Institution, as well as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to review the revenues generated by WAEC and NECO.

Explaining the reason for the action, he noted that it was necessary for the lawmakers to find out how JAMB was able to achieve its feat.

He added that the success story should be applied to the other examination bodies so as to boost financial status in the education sector.

“The question is: what happened in the past and why the increase in revenue? What action has been taken against those people who were there before them? I think there is a need for us to not just sweep it under the carpet,” he said.

WAEC Commends Osun Govt For Prompt Payment Of Exam Fee


The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has commended Osun State government for the prompt payment of examination fee for students in the public schools across the state.

Deputy Registrar of WAEC, Dr. Olusanya Dacosta gave the commendation during the 2017 WAEC committee meeting held with the state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young in Osogbo, the state capital.

According to Dacosta, Osun was among the few states which did not owe the examination council any fee.

Dacosta who also lauded the state government for not giving room to examination malpractice during the conduct of exams, charged teachers in the state to strive hard to always cover the school curriculum before students sit for any external exams.

Earlier in his remarks, Omotunde-Young appreciated the examination body for recognising the positive input of the Aregbesola’s administration in the education sector, even as he enjoined the council to do a review of its questions.

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