The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has assured private candidates for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) that there will be November-December Examination next year.
The council said it was surprised that rumours were going round that because two batches of candidates would be writing the May/June WASSCE next year, it would not conduct the Nov-Dec examination.
A Senior Principal Public Affairs Officer of WAEC, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, who gave the assurance, said as far as WAEC was concerned, 2013 Nov/Dec would come off in spite of the two batches, adding that Nov/Dec was a private examination and, therefore, had nothing to do with in-school examinations like WASSCE.
She explained that Nov-Dec was not targeting students in school, but was mostly for those who were out of school and or working and needed to better their grades and could, therefore, not be affected in any way.
“The focus of the Nov/Dec is on those who are out of school and workers, even though some students also try their hands on the examination. Therefore, anything about the in-school WASSCE, should not affect the Nov/Dec,” she stressed.
Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said even though the time table was not yet out, the dates for the examination would not change significantly. It will still be written within September/October as it has always been.
She is, therefore, asking all the prospective Nov-Dec candidates not to be disturbed by the rumours but to continue to prepare seriously for the examination.
On complaints about the examination centres for this year’s Nov/Dec, Mrs Teye-Cudjoe explained that the location of the centres was based on the availability of room to accommodate the number of candidates writing a particular paper at a particular time.
She cited for instance that a candidate could write a paper at the Asare Minako Hall of the WAEC at the Switchback Road at Cantonments in Accra and the next paper could be written at Kaneshie.
“This happens when for instance, there are just three or four candidates scarttered at the various locations within the metropolis. We look for an available centre where all of them will converge to write that paper,” she explained.
In addition, she explained that a centre at a particular location could be available for a paper and the next paper might be written at a different centre because the first centre might not be available for use.
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