460 Visually Impaired Candidates Sat for 2021 WASSCE
The West African Examination Council on Monday disclosed that 460 visually impaired candidates wrote the Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examination in 2021, while 1,079 other candidates with varying degrees of special needs registered for the examination, out of which 582 others have impaired hearing.
According to Patrick Areghan, Head of National Office, WAEC, 362 are also spastic cum mentally challenged and 59 others being physically challenged.
He said “All these candidates were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination. Their results have been processed and are also being released along with those of other candidates.”
He added that the council is currently working with a technology company on certificate digitalisation.
“We are now ready with the product and it will soon be launched. This will make it possible for candidates and other stakeholders to access the exact replica or images of candidates’ certificate online,” he said.
The council boss noted that the increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall in spite of the existing ban and organised cheating in some schools are other big concerns.
“All the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the council for determination in due course.
“The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools,” he said.
Areghan had announced that the council released the result of the 2021 examination.
He said a total of 80.56% have been fully processed, and 19.44% still being processed due to some issues being resolved.
Areghan said 1,573,849 candidates registered for the examination and 1,560,261 candidates sat the examination.
“The examination, which was an international one, took place simultaneously throughout the five-member countries of the Council – The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, using the same International Timetable.
“The examination spanned seven weeks, between August 16 and October 8, 2021. Throughout the period, we were faced with serious security challenges in the South East (IPOB and ESN sit-at-home order) and banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, etc, in the north and other parts of the country. All these, coupled with the continuous effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic, made the whole exercise a Herculean one.”