West African Examination Body WAEC may not conduct the 2019 public examination such as the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) and the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as they are starved of resources.
In a leaked letter dated 29 March to the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, WAEC made it very clear that it has not received a penny from the government for the conduct of the public exams.
“The council has however initiated pre-examination arrangements and activities by procuring scannable sheets, printing of examination materials and many other related examination materials to facilitate the conduct of the examination on schedule,” the letter stated.
WAEC also revealed that with the present number of candidates, the council is not able to make additional payment for air freighting and getting everything in readiness for the prompt conduct of the examinations.
“It should be noted that WASSCE is international and is conducted among member countries at the stipulated date and time slated in the timetable. These dates cannot be altered or deferred for Sierra Leone alone. NPSE too is huge and conducted in one day,” the letter maintained.
They stated that where as they are the ones that should pre-financed the examination, the government of Sierra Leone owes them a lot of outstanding money which has created serious financial challenges.
It is believe that if this continues, then the students are at risk of taking the public examination which will start in a month time.