ERC Condemns WAEC’s Relocation Of Students To Ondo, Delta States

​The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has

condemned the decision of the West

African Examination Council (WAEC) to

relocate 1,742 candidates sitting for the

ongoing November/December West African

Senior School Certificate Examination in

Edo State to Ondo and Delta states,

thereby increasing the financial expenses

on poor working class guardians.

In a statement, the national coordinator,

Hassan Taiwo Soweto stated that the

decision of WAEC is exploitative and


“As a public institution, WAEC has a

responsibility towards candidates, their

parents and guardians. That responsibility

involves ensuring that in circumstances of

this nature, candidates, their parents and

guardians are not unnecessarily over

burdened”, he said.

He, however, disclosed that WAEC took the

decision to relocate the candidates

because of the Edo State gubernatorial

elections which was scheduled to take place

on September 10, the day the candidates

are expected to sit for Mathematics 1 and


Furthermore, he demanded that WAEC

bears the full cost of this relocation

including cost of transportation and,

where needed, accommodation of the


“As far as we are concerned, since the

candidates and their parents were not

responsible for the relocation, which was

forced by the coincidence of the

examination date with the date of the Edo

gubernatorial elections, WAEC must bear

the full cost including ensuring a hitch

free exercise and the safety of the

candidates”, he added