In order to allow Muslim candidates participate in the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has adjusted the timetable of the ongoing September/October 2015 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
The Head of Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr Charles Eguridu, announced this, on Wednesday in Abuja, during a media parley with members of Education Correspondents of Nigeria (ECAN).
He disclosed that WAEC had rescheduled the examination that was supposed to take place on September 25 to October 10 because of Sallah festivities.
According to the new timetable, the Government 2 (Essay) and Government 1 (Objective) that were scheduled for 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. respectively on Friday, September 18 would now hold by 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for the papers 2 and 1 on the same date.
The Mathematics (2 & 1) earlier scheduled for Friday, September 25, has been postponed to Saturday, October 10, with Paper 2 holding from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon and paper 1 would hold from 3.00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
He said, “Our Muslim brothers and sisters expressed concern about the WAEC timetable of the ongoing examination. Some papers were scheduled between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and some just before the end of jumat prayers.
“Our attention has been drawn to this concern and only this afternoon, the Chairman of WAEC Board in Nigeria called my attention and we have decided to effect some amendment on the ongoing examination to address the concerns.”
The Chairman of WAEC Board, who is also the Director of Basic and Secondary Education in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Ann Okonkwo, called on Nigerians to support WAEC in its efforts to meet the growing demands.