*WAEC: We spent over 1.5 billion to conduct the 2020 exam*

Following the completion of the 2020 May/June WASSCE Examination, which actually did not hold at the initial set date due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) said it spent over N1.5 billion to
conduct the 2020 West African Senior
School Certificate Examinations.

The Head of WAEC’s National Office in Nigeria, Areghan Patrick, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at the 2021 budget defence before the House of
Representatives Committee on Basic
Education and Services.
Patrick added that over 1. 5 million
candidates sat for the examination ,
while 80, 000 officials were engaged to
mark the papers.
He said that each candidate paid N13,
900 as examination fee, adding that
only registration and administration
fees came to the council ’ s coffers.
Patrick said that WAEC is not a
revenue – generating body but an
assessment body that collects money to conduct examinations for students .
He said that money collected from candidates does not belong to WAEC but service providers .

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The council head said WAEC was
currently having a deficit of N7 billion ,
adding that the council was not fully funded.

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