The West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) has threatened to withhold results of candidates in 19 states that sat for the May/June 2015 WASSCE over non-payment of candidates’ registration fees by theirstate governments.Speaking at the WAEC national office, Yaba, today 27th of July, the Head of National Office (HNO) Mr Charles Eguridu said: “The affected states should off-set the registrationfees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the results of their candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE will be released alongside others.”
According to the WAEC HNO, a total of 19 states are indebted to the tune of N4 billion and were not making efforts to pay adding that efforts made by the Councils to get the money from them proved abortive, hence WAEC has resolved to makingit public. He further noted that some States also still owe the Councils registration fees for the May/June 2014 WASSCE.However declining to mention names of the states owing, Eguridu said, he is giving them benefit of the debt, stressing that many of the governors have just assumed office. He however urged the indebted states to pay up within the next two weeks.
“Many of the states of the federation,as part of their education policy, pay the registration fees of candidates for the WASSCE, particularly in the public schools. This is quite commendable as it afforded many indigent students the opportunity to sit our examinations and relieved many poor parents of this financial burden,” he said.But, he went further: “As I speak to you now, we are cash-strapped as a result of the delay in off-setting the registration fees owed the Council by some states.
As a result, we are finding it difficult in meeting our financial obligations, particularly to our supervisors, examiners and service providers.”The WAEC HNO said they had writtento affected states governments without any response which is drastically threatening the smooth operations of the examination body.