While the state of Sokoto accused WAEC of commercializing its examinations, the examination body denied those allegations and also accused the state of failing to comply with the rules.

Disagreements between the government of the state of Sokata, northwestern Nigeria, and the West African Examination Board (WAEC) further escalated over the weekend after officials from the two institutions exchanged words.

In separate telephone interviews with our reporter and Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in Sokata State of Bella Giva, and the head of the Nigerian office of WAEC (HNO) Patrick Oregan took part in the guilt games and blamed each other for the responsibility. for a dead end.

On Monday, May 9, WAEC, announcing preparations for the West African High School Pass Certificate in 2022 (WASSCE), said the states of Sokata and Zamfara had not submitted candidates from public schools for the exam.

The findings of PREMIUM TIMES showed that only a few public technical schools run by the state Department of Science and Technology continue to register candidates for WASSCE.

The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, which controls a large number of public high schools, has stopped treating WAEC since 2021 because the two organizations called the “fundamental” differences.

While the state of Sokoto accused WAEC of commercializing its examinations, the examination body denied those allegations and also accused the state of failing to comply with the rules.

Says the commissioner

Speaking on the subject, Mr Guiva accused WAEC that it was focusing on the money that would be obtained from the exam and not on future candidates.

According to him, during the registration in 2021, errors were noticed in the details of many candidates submitted for enrollment, but instead of allowing to correct errors without stress, WAEC continued to demand money to implement the correction.

Mr Guiwa, however, did not say how much WAEC demanded for the correction.

He said: “In 2021, we had problems with the continuous evaluation of our candidates, which were uploaded to the WAEC portal. There were some confusions. The names were also not registered properly and I personally took care to involve the WAEC.

“But the WAEC deliberately thwarted our efforts by charging us various fees. I don’t think the WAEC is a business organization, but an examination body that should take care of the future of the candidates. But that was not the case.”

Mr Guiwa said correspondence had been exchanged on the issue, but that WAEC stood its ground to the detriment of the candidates.

He said the development forced the state to decide on the enrollment of candidates for the high school diploma exam (SSCE) held by the National Examination Board (NECO) and the national technical certificate exam held by the National Business and Technical Examination Council.

He said the choice is up to the state and that both NABTEB and NECO are founded by the Nigerian government and therefore need to be supported.

“Is there a law under which candidates cannot enroll in exams other than WASSCE held by WAEC? No. And no one can deceive us that there are certain benefits that WAEC exams give to its candidates. No one. I say this because we have students around the world who have used their NECO results for admission without stress, ”Mr Guiva said.

He said the state’s disagreement with WAEC is based on principle and anti-exploitation.

WAEC responds

But in its response, the WAEC advised Sokoto State to “stop blackmailing it and face reality.”

HNO in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES accused the state of lowering all continuous assessment scores (CASS) of its candidates during registration, and that to download it again, a fine of N100,000 is required for all public schools in the state.

He said that instead of cooperating with the expertise, the state insisted that it would not pay a penny.

Mr Oregan said: “According to Nigeria’s national education policy, schools must load the CASS of each of their candidates from SS1 to SS3 in order to be able to assess success.

“But suddenly the state of Sokoto for no reason canceled the CASS for all schools. We don’t do it all alone, there are technical partners who charge for the activities. So we insisted that the state should pay only 100,000 N100,000 for all schools to be reloaded, but the government refused. “