The West African Examination Council (WEAC) will next year begin additional diet for candidates, its Registrar Dr. Iyi Uwadiae said yesterday.
Announcing the new diet at the council’s office in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Uwadiae, said Nigeria will take the lead among the five member countries – Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia and The Gambia – by beginning the examination in February.
Explaining the rationale behind the initiative, Uwadiae said while regular pupils may wish to retake same examination (provided they did not do well) in the October-November diet, their private counterparts, who sit for the same exam in October/November diet, may not enjoy the same luxury.
This development, he said, created concerns among stakeholders, hence the introduction of the third diet.
He said: “With growing concerns among the stakeholders on what they perceive as discrimination or denial of equal opportunity against private candidates, there has been a wave of agitation, criticism and appeal across the sub-region for the council to find a way of ameliorating the agony of the long waiting experienced by private candidates who desire another attempt by WASSCE.
“This situation is often cited as being responsible for the level of desperation exhibited by perpetrators of malpractice at the private candidates’ examination centres. Council, after painstakingly considering all ramifications of the matter, has finally given approval for the National Offices to commence the conduct of one additional diet each year of WASSCE for private candidates.”
On the scheduled date, Uwadiae, who was the immediate past Head of National Office in Nigeria, said the new diet would afford candidates, whose WASSCE private result would have been released by December, an opportunity to retake another during the February diet and still meet the admission deadline.