Ministry of Education uncovers irregularities in 2020 WAEC list

By Rukayat Akanbi

Bauchi State Ministry of Education has uncovered massive irregularities in the list of candidates who are preparing to this year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde in a statement on Friday said, a whistle blower has called attention of the ministry to the irregularities. According to him, “some of the irregularities include substituting the name of students who passed Mock exam with the names of ineligible students that failed it.”

Tilde said the list that was released by WAEC contained candidates who are not bonafide students of the schools they claimed. “This padding will not be tolerated,” he said.

The Commissioner informed the principals that only two categories of students would be allowed to sit for WAEC in the State. He said “those who passed the Mock test and their names have appeared in the list sent to the school by the ministry and bonafide students of a school who failed the Mock test but have paid for WAEC registration through their school.”

He urged the principals to compile list of students affected by the irregularities –especially those who passed the Mock exams but their names did not appear on the regional Exam body’s list. Tilde added that the ministry would carry out comprehensive audit of SSCE candidates who sat for the two examinations in every school after each examination is over. “Whoever is found to have committed any infraction will have himself to blame.”

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