The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has yielded to pressure to release the results of candidates for the May/June 2015 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), earlier withheld as a result of indebtedness by some states.
This was due to the intervention of the Nigeria Governors Forum and other stakeholders who appealed to the examination body to reconsider its decision in view of the effect the withholding of the results would have on the future of the candidates.
Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu, announced the release of the results, on Wednesday, at a joint news conference with the Deputy Director of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF), Alhaji L.O.T Shitu, after hours of dialogue on the debt owed the council by some states.
He disclosed that the results could be uploaded on the council website within 24 hours of the announcement, saying the decision was based on the wish of the council not to impede the educational progress of any Nigerian child.
He said: “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 Governors Forum, which we have informed is on the directive of the chairman of the forum and governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, 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,” he said.