WAEC lauds labour union for not disrupting ongoing exam

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By Tunbosun Ogundare

 The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Labour Union for not disrupting its ongoing Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE). There was uncertainty as of the night before the exams as to whether the unions would prevent their members in affiliated bodies, who are principals and teachers serving as exam supervisors and invigilators, from performing the roles for students who had been scheduled to write some papers for the day, including Computer and Physics Practical.

Contrary to that, the exam was said to have gone smoothly as scheduled across the country. Over 1.7 million candidates in Nigeria alone sat for the exam, which ended this week.

The spokesperson of WAEC Nigeria, Mrs. Moyosola Adesina, who gave the remark in a chat with journalists on penultimate Monday evening, said the labour unions really showed that they understood the negative implications if Nigerian candidates were prevented from sitting for their papers as scheduled with their peers in other WAEC member countries. According to her, any disruption in the exam schedules would have had ripple effects such as Nigerian students missing out, lengthening of exam time, waiting time for the results to be released, psychological implications, and high financial and logistics burdens, among many more. “So, we give it to the labour union movement for their understanding on the subject, and we’re happy about it as an organisation,” she stressed.

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