The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Wednesday explained why it would release the results of the , May/June 2015 West African Senior School Certificate, WASSCE, that was earlier withhold due to indebtedness by the states, said it was because of the prevailing economic challenges facing the country.
Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu, stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja of the outcome of the meeting between WAEC and the Governors forum.
He said the council has decided to hearken to appeals and because of the affected candidates would need the results for admission purposes.
According to him, “Our decision to open this window of opportunity, that is the resort to advance payment guarantees for affected states, was as a result of our appreciation of the prevailing economic challenges facing the nation and in order not to jeopardise the educational progress of the candidates of the affected states.
“However, following appeals from our stakeholders, including parents, the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of secondary Schools, notable Nigerians, other well -meaning citizens and most importantly, the intervention of secretariat of Nigeria governor’s Forum, which we have informed is on the directive of the chairman of the forum, governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, who has indicated that the forum will positively resolve the matter as soon as possible, we have decided to hearken to appeals and review our earlier position.
“More so, the continued withholding of the results will adversely affect the educational prospects of the affected candidates for admission purposes.
“Consequently, the management of the council has decided that the results of the candidates of indebted states would be released in deference to all the appeals and commitment of the NGF.
“The results are, therefore, to be uploaded on our result website in the next 24 hours. This decision is based on our wish not to impede the educational progress of any Nigerian child”.
The WAEC boss therefore urged the affected states to ensure they meet their financial obligations to the council, so as to enable them meet their own obligations to their supervisors, examiners as well as service providers and other creditors.
When the Eguridu, was asked the names of the indebted states, he said. ” If I start mentioning states it won’t be fair on those states that have paid part of the money”.