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WAEC to hold exams despite nationwide strike

DESPITE the nationwide strike declared by the organised labour, which commences on Monday, June 3, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said its ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would continue as scheduled.

The council said in a memo signed by its Ekiti Branch Controller, T.A Lawson, and sent to principals of the schools taking part in the examination that the exam would continue nationwide regardless of the strike.

“The attention of management has been drawn to a notice of the commencement of indefinite strike by NLC and TUC, effective Monday, 3rd June 2024. Please be formally informed that the conduct of WASSCE (SC) 2024 goes on as scheduled,” the examination body stated.

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    The Board noted that although it understood the unions’ concerns, the examination was being held throughout the WAEC member countries, and “the Nigerian child should not be put to a disadvantage of missing the exam.”

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    “For the aforesaid reason, WAEC will conduct the exam and school principals, supervisors, parents and the general public should please take note and make adequate arrangements for their candidates to sit the exam,” it added.

    Earlier, The ICIR reported that the organised labour, comprising the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) commenced the strike today, Monday, June 3, following the federal government’s failure to finalise all negotiations for a new minimum wage and reverse electricity tariff hike by the end of May.


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