Labour’s strike won’t affect examination, says west african examinations council

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has assured that the indefinite strike announced by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) scheduled to start on Monday would not affect the conduct of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Penpushing reports that the assurance was contained in an internal memo addressed to the principals of schools participating in the 2024 examinations emphasizing that  the conduct of the internal examination continues irrespective of the strike.

‘The attention of Management has been drawn to a notice of the commencement of indefinite strike by NLC and TUC effective Monday, 3rd June 2024. Please be formally informed that the conduct of WASSCE SC 2024 goes on as scheduled’ the examination board said.

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Penpushing further reports in the statement signed by the Ekiti Branch Controller for West African Examinations Council (WAEC) National Office, identified as T A Lawson pointed out that as much as the council shares in the concerns of the unions and the generality of Nigerians, the examination is going on across the member countries of the council.

‘The Nigerian child should not be put to a disadvantage of missing the exam. For the aforesaid reason, WAEC will conduct the exam and school principals, supervisors, parents and the general public should please take note and make adequate arrangements for their candidates to sit the exam,” the statement added.

Penpushing also reports that the Ikeja Zonal Coordinator of the examination body, T O Danjuma, in a similar statement shared with schools within the zone, but as at the time of filing this report Head of Nigeria’s Office of examinations body, Amos Dangut, has said the memo shared with the stakeholders was not for public consumption.

The spokesperson for the examination, Motorola Adesina, however, denied the claim that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had dared the labour unions, even as she appealed for understanding.

Penpushing reports that Adesina explained that the examination is being conducted across four member states of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) adding that the timetable and schedules are the same across the countries.

‘WAEC can never dictate to the Nigerian labour unions, but this is a passionate appeal for understanding for the sake of the future of the affected Nigerian children’, Adesina stated

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