The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has increased its senior secondary certificate exam (SSCE) registration fee by 29 percent.

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Patrick Areghan, head of WAEC’s national office, who announced the release of the results for its 2021 May/June SSCE in Lagos, said the exam body has increased the fee from N13,950 to N18,000.

The increment, the examination body said, will be taking effect from 2022.

Areghan also said that no candidate sponsored by any state owing WAEC would have access to his or her results.

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According to him, the hike was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation rates, and insecurity.

“It is no longer possible to continue to provide services with the current fee of N13,950.00 per candidate,” Areghan said.

“Furthermore, our ad-hoc workers – Supervisors, Examiners, Checkers, item Writers and indeed, all examination functionaries, have been agitating for improved remunerations.

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“We have received approval from the appropriate quarters with effect from the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022, to charge N18,000.00 per candidate.

“We are, therefore, asking all school principals to collect N18,000.00 per candidate for registration.”

WAEC had revealed that a total of 1,573,849 candidates registered for its SSCE across 19,425 approved secondary schools in the country while 1,560,261 sat for the exam.

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