Over 1.5million candidates are currently sitting for this year’s West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which commenced on August 16, 2021.

The Permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, stated this while monitoring the conduct of the examination in some schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Mr Echono who visited the Federal Government Girls College, Bwari and Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse, commended the smooth conduct of the examination across the country.

According to him, the examination is holding in 19,000 centers across the nation stressing that aside from the disruptions witnessed by candidates in the South-East zone, where some candidates were stopped from writing their exams, he adjudged the conduct of the 2021 WASSCE generally as peaceful and stress-free.

“We are very pleased that all around the country, exams are going on peacefully. We have a total of over 19,000 exams centres across the country over 1.5miillion candidates registered for their exams and beside the disruptions we had on Sept 13th in the South-East where some of our candidates were stopped from doing the exams, it is a peaceful and stressful examination,” he said.

He confirmed that the examination centers are complying with all the standards and ethics of examinations.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the number of cases of examination malpractices witnessed during internal examinations in public schools are low compared to private schools.

“we don’t see much of malpractices in internal examinations like this because these are students who are already in school but the only place where we have one or two cases is where examiners in private schools tries to assist the students.

RN