|The West African Examinations Council is West Africa’s foremost examining board established by law
to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African
countries, to conduct the examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent
examining authorities internationally.
By this mandate, the Council is expected to:
WAEC’s vision is to be a world-class examining body, adding value of the education goals of its stakeholders. Its mission is to remain Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academics and moral excellence and promoting sustainable human resource development and international cooperation.
In its sixty years of existence, the Council has achieved its mission in very large measure. For instance it has over the years developed a team of well-trained and highly motivated staff and has administered examinations that are both valid and relevant to the educational aspirations of member countries. Its certificates enjoy international recognition. WAEC has also been promoting the ideals of hardwork and honesty in the youth through its awards for outstanding performance in its examinations.
The Council conducts several international and national examinations in all member countries except Nigeria where it has shed all but one of its examinations, The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates in May/June and private candidates in November/December.
To be a world-class examining body adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholders.
|The Council has the responsibility of determining examinations required in the public interest in West Africa and to conduct such examinations and to award certificates.
STRUCTURE OF THE COUNCIL
Nigeria is represented by 12 members, 5 of whom are nominees of the Federal Government. The Director of Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja is statutorily the Chief Government Nominee on the Council. He is also the Chairman of the Nigeria National Committee of the Council and the Administrative and Finance Committee.
Appointed by the Government
Council functions through committees which include:
THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF THE COUNCIL
The Council’s functions in each member country are carried out through two line Divisions: the Test Development Division and Test Administration Division. While the Test Development Division produces the syllabuses and tests to be taken, the Test Administration Division conducts the tests, and issues results and certificates. In achieving their goals, the two Divisions are actively supported by the General Administration, the Computer Services and Finance Divisions. The Heads of these five divisions report to the Head of National Office.
FINANCING THE OPERATIONS OF WAEC
Government subventions to Council are usually in two parts:
Funds for the International Obligations.
Funds for the Headquarters expenses which constitute the International Obligations of member-countries to Council are apportioned from time to time following agreed parameters. The current ratio is as follows:
The apportionment is arrived at, using such factors as workload, and number of candidates, among others. The government of each country is expected to meet the short-fall in the budget for the national operations.
THE WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL ENDOWMENT FUND
|1||(a) Members of Council|
|2||(b) Representing The Gambia
(c) Repesenting Ghana
(d) Representing Nigeria
(e) Representing Sierra – Leone
(f) Representing Liberia
|3||The Registrar – Dr. Iyi Uwadiae|
Head of Departments/Section/Unit
|The Council conducts four categories of examinations: International Examinations such as the WASSCE, SC/GCE 0/Level and the HSC/GCE A/Level; National Examinations such as the Senior School Certificate, Technical, Business Studies, and Common Entrance Examinations; Examinations conducted in collaboration with other examining bodies, such as City and Guilds of London Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts; Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies, such as University of London GCE examination for non-West Africans, Scholastic Aptitude Test and Graduate Record Examinations for Educational Testing Service, Princeton, USA and JAMB Examination in countries outside Nigeria. In Nigeria, however, WAEC has shed all but one of its examinations; the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which is for both school and private candidates. WAEC’s newly acquired state-of-the-art Microplex solid 90E Continuous Laser Printer for embossing candidates’ photographs on certificates. Council hopes to completely eliminate impersonation in it’s exams with the embossment of photographs on certificates.|
Examination Loop (Behind Ridge Hospital)
P.O. Box GP 125, Accra, Ghana.
Research Division & Headquarters Office
3 Watchtower Avenue,
Onipanu, Somolu, Lagos
Private Mail Bag 1076. Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
NIGERIA NATIONAL OFFICE
21, Hussey Street, Yaba;
Private Mail Bag 1022, Yaba, Lagos.
Tel: (01) 7305150,961016,2136455,8974569