WAEC React To Purported Cancellation Of WASSCE 2020

As part of the measures to curb and control the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the president of the Republic of Ghana under the administration of His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo gave his first national presidential update on the 15th of March 2020.

In the address to the nation, he placed a ban on all social gatherings, being it political meetings, rallies, religious gatherings, weddings, and a form of gatherings that involves crowd to operate.

In addition to the aforementioned, he ordered the immediate closure of all Basic, Junior and Senior High Schools, Tertiary schools being and public or private until further notice.

Due to this, there are a lot of alleged videos on the re-opening of schools. Meanwhile:  GES WARNS: Disregard Any Video On Reopening Of Schools.

However, THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL |(WAEC) has come out to clear the doubt on the alleged cancelation of the 2020 WASSCE examinations across the participating West Africa Countries.

In a post  of on twitter; WAEC STATED:


"Our attention has been drawn to a fake publication circulating in the social media, to the effect that the West African Examinations Council had CANCELLED the conduct of the WASSCE FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES, 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic and was, therefore, set to refund the sum of N22,500.00 to candidates who had enrolled for the examination.

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 or guardians.

This piece of news is certainly not from the West African Examinations Council. It falls short of the Council's style, language, and factual details. They got it all wrong.

I. The examination was supposed to start in Nigeria on April 6, 2020, and NOT April 15, 2020, as stated by the authors.

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2. The examination fee is N 13,950.00 only, NOT N22,500.00. It is. therefore, not reasonable to refund candidates an amount higher than what they had paid to register for the examination.

3. WAEC, as an examining body in the sub-region, has not announced the cancellation of the examination; it only announced a postponement until normalcy is restored.

4. WAEC couldn't have made a mistake in the full meaning of its acronym!

It will be recalled that WAEC, Nigeria issued a press release on the postponement of the examination on March 20, 2020, in appreciation of the stark realities of the moment and in complete deference to the Federal government, regarding its various control measures against the spread of the disease.

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 of the examination 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.

Meanwhile, The West African Examinations Council shall continue to respect all the protocols being rolled out by the Federal and the various State governments aimed at containing the pandemic. "

Thank you.
SIGNED: Patrick E. Areghan, fcgp

Head of National Office

WAEC, Nigeria

April 26, 2020

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