The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has increased its examination fee per candidate from N13,950 to N18,000 for the 2022 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSSCE).
Head of WAEC National Office (HNO), Mr. Patrick Areghan, announced this yesterday while addressing reporters on the release of this year’s WASSSCE at the council’s office in Yaba, Lagos.
Areghan said the increase became necessary because of rising costs the examination body was incurring in conducting its examinations.
“We have received approval from the appropriate quarters, with effect from the WASSCE for school candidates 2022, to charge N18,000 per candidate. We are, therefore, asking all school principals to collect N18,000 per candidate for registration. A part of this new fee has been dedicated to the enhancement of the remunerations for the various examination functionaries,” he said.
Areghan announced that 81.7 per cent of the candidates who took the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates made Credit passes in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.
It is the first time in more than one decade that Nigeria has recorded such performance.
The WAEC HNO said of the 1,560,261 Senior Secondary (SS) 3 candidates who sat for the examination, 1,274,784 achieved the minimum benchmark needed for admission into the university.