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WAEC Committees Meet in Freetown, Sierra Leone
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The West African Examinations Council 

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PRESS RELEASE

WAEC COMMITTEES MEET IN FREETOWN

 

The meetings of various Committees of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Sierra Leone were held in Freetown from Monday, October 22 to Thursday October 25, 2012. The Committees that met during the period included the Sierra Leone Examinations Committee (SLEC), Sierra Leone Administrative and Finance Committee (SLAF) and the Sierra Leone National Committee (SLNC) which is the highest decision-making organ of the Council in Sierra Leone. The Councils Committees are made up of Government Nominees as well as representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Universities, Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (CPSS) and other interests.

 

The Sierra Leone Examinations Committee, at its meeting, received reports on the examinations conducted by WAEC in Sierra Leone in the 2010/2011 reporting period. It noted with dismay that despite persistent appeals by the Council, some school authorities were still in the habit of submitting late the entries and continuous assessment scores of their students. It therefore, urged the Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (CPSS) and the Head Teachers Council (HTC) to continue to sensitize their members on the need to submit examinations documents to WAEC on schedule to facilitate the processing and release of candidates results.

 

The Committee considered reports on irregularity cases and applied appropriate sanctions against some teachers, candidates and schools that were found guilty of perpetrating the evil. It noted with satisfaction the significant improvement in candidates performance in the May/June 2012 WASSCE as indicated in the statistics presented by the Council. It congratulated the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone on this heart-warming development and urged educational administrators in the country to sustain the current trend and take full advantage of the Research and Chief Examiners Reports produced by the Council to further improve performance in the years ahead.

 

The Sierra Leone Administrative and Finance Committee, during its meeting, considered among other matters, the Reporters of the Internal and External Auditors on the National Office Accounts. The Committee commended the Management for prudent management of resources and for ensuring strict compliance with the Councils existing monitoring mechanisms for the prevention of waste and fraud. It viewed with great concern the weak financial position of the National Office, and urged the Government of Sierra Leone to endeavour to fulfill fully its financial obligations to the Council to enable the National Office to stay afloat in the face of rising costs of goods and services.  

 

Despite its meeting, the Sierra Leone National Committee (SLNC) expressed the need to further set up the teaching and learning of English and French Languages in schools in Sierra Leone to sharpen the communication skills of students, to improve general performance in public examinations and to enable secondary school leavers to qualify for admission into tertiary institutions in the country and abroad.

 

The Committee noted with worry the rising wave of examination malpractice in the country, and urged the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as well as WAEC and other stakeholders in education to come up with more effective measure against the festering malaise.

 

At the end of the weeklong series of meetings, the Sierra Leone National Committee formally welcomed the new Registrar to Council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, who assumed duty as the 12th Registrar to the 60-year old Sub-regional organization on 1st October 2012 at its Headquarters in Accra, Ghana. He succeeded Alhaja (Mrs.) Mulikat A. Bello whose five-year tenure as Registrar ended in September 2012.

 

The new Registrar, a Nigerian, has had a brilliant academic career within and outside the Council. He holds the National Certificate of Education (NEC) of the University of Lagos. He also obtained the B.Ed. (Mathematics) from the University of Benin as well as M.Ed. and Ph.D. (Educational Evaluation) from the University of Ibadan. He had worked as a teacher of Mathematics at various institutions and levels of education before he joined the services of WAEC in November 1985 as Assistant Registrar III. Since joining the Council he has served in various positions of trust and responsibility. He was promoted Deputy Registrar in 2003 and elevated to the headship of the Councils Research Division and Headquarters Office, Lagos in 2005. He was subsequently appointed the Head of Nigeria National Office of the Council in 2008, a position he held till September 2012.

 

Dr. Uwadiae has presented papers at several educations conferences, seminars and workshops within and outside the West African Sub-region. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aduloju      Biodun

Head, Public Affairs

 

Issued By:

PUBLIC AFFAIRS UNIT

WAEC HEADQUARTERS

ACCRA, GHANA

OCTOBER 25, 2012 


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