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WAEC hikes SSCE registration fees

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Leshi Adebayo

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has announced an increment in the registration fees for its SSCE examination, beginning from 2022.

This development comes after the examination body declared an outstanding 81.7% success rate in the May/June 2021 WASSCE examinations.

The registration fees have been increased from N13,950 to N18,000, amounting to about 29 percent increase.

According to Daily Post, Head of National Office (HNO) for WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan revealed this while announcing the release of the 2021 SSCE results for school candidates on Monday in Lagos.

Areghan, explaining reasons for the increment, noted that the development was as a result consistent inflation in the country coupled with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “As can be seen, in the general cost of doing business and the multiplier effect of insecurity in the country which have consequential effects on the cost of our operations, it is no longer possible to continue to provide services with the current fee of N13,950 per candidate.

“We have received approval from the appropriate quarters with effect from the WASSCE for School Candidates 2022 to charge N18,000 per candidate.

“We are, therefore, asking all schools principals to collect N18,000 per candidate for registration.”

Areghan further stated that any amount beyond the fee charged by any school “will not be to our consent or knowledge and will definitely not come to the purse of the West African Examinations Council.”

The HNO noted that a part of the new fees would be invested into remunerations enhancement for the various examination functionaries from year 2022, as approved by the Governing Board of WAEC.

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