Educational news ::: WAEC Begs Nigerians To Come Collect Their Abandoned Certificates, “It’s Taking Up Space In Our Office” - BESTAREWA BlOG

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Educational news ::: WAEC Begs Nigerians To Come Collect Their Abandoned Certificates, “It’s Taking Up Space In Our Office”

The West African Examinations Council
says it will deploy an Electronic Certificate Management System to facilitate the issuance of certificates to candidates, to reduce the problem of abandoned certificates. The council’s Head, Public Affairs, Mr Damianus Ojijeogu disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.
According to him, the online system will
enable the council to print certificates of candidates only on request. “With this in place, it will assist the council in the decongesting backlog of
certificates lying fallow for several years with very few owners coming up to collect them.
“With this in place, any candidate that
wants his or her result will go online to make a request and leave an address of where it would be delivered.
“It does not matter where they wrote the
“The process has reached an advanced
stage and hopefully, by 2019, the
mechanism would be deployed,’’ Ojijeogu
said. He said the deployment of the electronic device became necessary following the slow response by candidates in collecting their certificates several years after sitting
for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination. Ojijeogu said that WAEC have been appealing to candidates yet to collect their certificates, but that the response had been very low.
“In 2014 alone, we placed several advertorials in some newspapers appealing to those concerned to come forward for their certificates as they are taking up too much space in our offices.
“We did need not get any meaningful
“Certificates as far back as 1980s are still lying fallow in our office with their owners not making attempt to come collect them. The number will be staggering if we should put them together.
“Currently, the practice has been that if certificates should stay in our custody for more than four years, the owners will be charged with a custody fee of N5,000 on
collection excluding the N3,500 for the
collection of such certificate.’’
According to him, certificates of candidates who wrote the 2017 Nov/Dec WASSCE, Private, have since been printed and ready for collection in all the council’s offices across the country.
“Some persons who have written the
examination repeatedly and failed are not willing to collect their certificates unless they are compelled to do so.
“They only come around to request for it
probably as part of visa requirement, job interview or screening at their workplaces.
“This is not supposed to be so. They wrote the examination and it is only proper that they come for their certificates,” Ojijeogu said.

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