The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said that a total of one million, five hundred and forty nine thousand, four hundred and sixty three (1,549,463) will be sitting for this year’s examinations in Nigeria. The examination body said there are 786,421 males and 763,042 females. It also added 19,129 schools registered for the exam in the country.
Patrick Areghan, head of the Nigerian National Office of the examination body in Yaba, Lagos, made the disclosure during a press conference on Tuesday, July 07, 2020. He said the exam was initially fixed to run from April 6, to June 5, 2020. This was prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. He said the exam will now hold between August 3 and September 5, 2020.
Unlike the previous exams that ran from Monday till Friday weekly, he said in order to beat time, the exam will hold from Monday till Saturday, making it a total of five weeks. He said WAEC consulted extensively before the date was fixed since the exam is a regional examination not only in Nigeria. He said all member countries were consulted.