WAEC: WASSCE Fees Are N13,950 Not 'N25,000'
In Nigeria, it is not only petrol that is sold above the approved pump price.
The West African Secondary School Certification Examination (WASSCE) form has also become a artificially scarce and mysterious material.
The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has dismissed claims that its fees for the WASSCE for school candidates is 25,000 Naira.
Issues have been raised on social networks over the current cost of the examination, with some questioning how a minimum wage earner is expected to cater for his children from the 18,000 minimum wage.
On its Tweeter handle, the examination body said it needs to clarify that the registration fees for the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2018 and the WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2018-First Series are 13,950 Naira each.
Some schools have allegedly raised their WASSCE fees to over 20,000 and some wondered why it was not possible for the examination body to control such schools.
The examination body put the monitoring function at the feet of the Minister of Education.
It said: "There was so much the State Ministries of Education could do through the office of the Director of Schools to check the situation.
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"The regulatory body which is the Ministry of Education in the States are the ones saddled with the responsibility to rein in schools that are overcharging candidates".
WAEC says its major role is to monitor schools and students during an examination to forestall malpractice.