Managing Examination Crisis In Nigeria: The West African Examinations Council (WAECs) Experience


The conduct of examinations in Nigeria has been facing crisis brought about by developments in the education sector. There has been a steady increase in the candidature for examinations over the years. Coupled with this increase are problems arising from increasing incidence of examination malpractice, high failure rate, deteriorating infrastructure, shortage of well trained teachers and dwindling level of funding. In recent times, the incidence of these crises has reached such an alarming and critical level that all stakeholders in education in the country are seeking long term solution. The paper discusses some of the problems associated with the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Nigeria. It also highlights how WAEC has been contending with the crisis through effective management of personal and timely deployment of materials, along with application of information and communication technology while ensuring that the high standard of its examinations and certification are not compromised. Recommendations are proffered for the improvement of the strategies already put in place by WAEC.