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WAEC announces 1.6m candidates set to sit for 2023 WASSCE examination

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has revealed that 1,621,853 candidates will be sitting for the 2023 WASSCE examination, which is set to commence on Monday, May 8, 2023. This figure marks an increase of 13,868 candidates compared to the 2022 examination. The examination will be held in 20,851 government and private schools who have registered for the examination.

During a pre-examination press briefing held on Thursday, WAEC’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, noted that private schools were not adhering to the registration deadline, and some were enrolling private candidates for school candidates examinations, which goes against the policy. Mr. Areghan stressed that the council has a zero tolerance policy towards examination malpractice, and penalties would be imposed on candidates, invigilators, supervisors, schools, and WAEC officials found guilty of malpractice.

Although the National Identification Number (NIN) was not compulsory, it was one of the registration requirements for the 2023 WASSCE. Mr. Areghan confirmed that no candidate was disqualified from registration due to non-submission of NIN at the beginning of the exercise or later.

Registration for the examination started on October 10, 2022, with a deadline of January 27, 2023, which was eventually extended to March 31, 2023. However, due to the non-compliance of some private schools, entries eventually closed on April 15, 2023.

The council has introduced the Candidate Self-Service/Chatbot, which allows students to confirm the data uploaded for them by schools and make necessary corrections. The WASSCE will end on June 23, 2023.

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