Labour Nationwide strike won’t affect ongoing WAEC exam

The Branch Controller of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) in Ekiti, Nigeria, T.A.Y. Lawson, has stated that the upcoming nationwide strike by organized labor unions will not disrupt the ongoing WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination) in the state or across the country.

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In a letter addressed to school principals and heads in Ekiti, Lawson said the WASSCE schedule, which began on April 30 and is set to conclude on June 20, 2024, will proceed as planned despite the strike action planned to commence on June 3.

“Please be formally informed that the conduct of WASSCE SC 2024 goes on as scheduled,” the letter read, adding that “the WASSCE SC is going on across the member countries of WAEC and the Nigerian child should not be put to a disadvantage of missing the exam.”

While acknowledging the concerns of the labor unions and the general public, Lawson emphasized that WAEC is committed to ensuring students are not disadvantaged by missing the ongoing examination. She called on school principals, supervisors, parents, and the public to make the necessary arrangements for candidates to sit for the exams.

The nationwide strike, called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), is scheduled to begin on June 3, 2024, in response to various issues affecting the country. However, the WAEC branch controller has assured that the examination process will not be disrupted, urging all stakeholders to support the council’s efforts to deliver a successful WASSCE.

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