BREAKING: WAEC presents awards to top three candidates, schools

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has presented the top three candidates with best results in the 2022 May\June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with the National distinction\Merit Award for their exemplary performance.....CONTINUE READING

The organisation also rewarded their schools for producing them, the best male and female candidates, the best male and female visually impaired candidates, top three schools with best results in Nasarawa State, as well as three members of staff of WAEC for putting in 20 years of service with the council.

The awards were presented to them at the just concluded 61st Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee (NNC) of WAEC held in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital over the weekend.

NNC is the highest policy-making organ for WAEC Nigeria and constitutes of the nominees of the Federal Government, various state governments, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Nigerian Union of Teachers(NUT), Principals of secondary schools, universities, polytechnics and other stakeholders with members holding an annual meeting on a rotational basis across states of the federation and the federal capital territory.

While 18-year-old Chioma Obidigbo, a student of St. Paul’s Academy, Plateau State, who is now studying Biological Sciences at Furman University, in the US, won as the overall best candidate in the country and also best in female category, Master Valour Inyang,17, a student of Topfaith International Secondary School, Mkpatak, Akwa-Ibom State, as well as 17-year-old Master Ayomide Olumide-Attah of St. Francis Catholic Secondary School, Idimu, Lagos State won the second and third prizes, respectively.

The three of them with slight differences in their aggregate marks scored distinctions in all their eight subjects sat for in the exam and were rewarded with cash prizes and certificates of merit for their efforts.

Similarly, while the Faith Academy, Masaka, emerged winner of the WAEC Endowment Book Prize for producing the best aggregate results in the exam under consideration in the whole of Nasarawa State, God’s Grace International Academy, Karo and Government Secondary School, Awogenshen took the second and third position respectively in that category. And they were given books worth US$5, 000 altogether for their libraries as a reward for their efforts.

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On their part, Pinn Margret Secondary Commercial School, Calabar, C\River, won Vetebra Merit Award as the best public school in science subjects in the exam nationwide while Girl’s Secondary School, Ede-Oballa, Enugu State, won as the overall best public school in all subjects in the exam, also nationwide.

Equally at the event, the duo of Samuel Silas, 20, a student of Government College, Obi, Nasarawa and 28-year-old Precious Mbajiogu, a student of St. John of God Secondary School, Akwa, won as the best overall male and female visually impaired candidates, respectively, while 17-year-old Felix Oyediran of Command Science Secondary School, Saki, Oyo State and 17-year-old Blessing Mgbemele of Government Science Secondary School, New-Karu, Nasarawa State, won as the best male and female candidate from public school nationwide.

Furthermore, the trio of Messrs. Victor Odu, David Fatunmibi and Waheed Amode, staff members of WAEC won the long service award at the event.

All of them, the award recipients and schools were presented with gifts and cash prizes.

Speaking at the event, the Federal and Nasawara State governments commended WAEC for its various strides in the conduct of credible examinations and contribution to education development in the country.

They said the impact of WAEC on students’ performance assessment and education development generally in the country was beyond measure.

The governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, who was represented by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr. John Mamman, said specifically that WAEC had over decades conducting credible examinations and impacting values in Nigerian children, noting that the contributions of the organisation to education development and efforts to stem the tide of examination malpractice in the country are huge and commendable.

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He asked NNC and the management of WAEC not to rest on their oars in evolving more strategies and initiatives that would reduce to the barest minimum or eliminate completely the incidence of exam malpractice in the country.

He said the government on its part would continue to provide an enabling environment for pupils and students in both primary and secondary schools and also encourage parents to participate in the educational development of their children as quality education is the best legacy to give to any child.

While urging WAEC to continue to embark on initiatives that would enhance its service delivery, the governor promised that Nasarawa State is ready to lend its support in initiatives geared towards improving such goal and also the sustenance of the integrity of its certificates.

In his welcome remark, the Head of the National Office of WAEC Nigeria, Dr. Amos Dangut, promised that WAEC would continue to conduct credible examinations across its three diets-the May\June school-based and the February\March and November\December editions for the private candidates.

He said the council would also continue to deploy new strategies particularly by using information and communication technology to run more effective systems in consonant with best global practices.

He reaffirmed that the council is ready to begin the conduct of its exam digitally for only private candidates next year, noting that the initiative will start with objective questions while theory will still be on pen and paper format.

Dangut, however, thanked the government and people of Nasarawa State for hosting this year’s NNC meeting and also commended them for their contributions to education development in the state and Nigeria by extension.

He urged the state not to rest on its oars, saying education is a catalyst for meaningful development in any society.