The 67th Annual Meeting of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has ended in Freetown, Sierra Leone with the election of the country’s chief government nominee on the council, Dr Alhaji Mohamed Kamara as Vice-Chairman for one-year tenure.
He succeeds Mr Ebrima Sisawo of the Gambia.
In a speech read on his behalf, the President of Sierra Leone, Brigadier (retd) Julius Maada Bio described WAEC as a veritable sub-regional body administering credible examinations and unifying the member countries.
He lauded the council for constantly demonstrating its commitment to academic excellence, regional cooperation and global best practices.
President Bio revealed that his government had prioritised investment in human capital development by introducing Free Quality School Education aimed at providing access for all eligible pupils and students in Sierra Leone.
He urged WAEC to continue to uphold standards and integrity in its assessment process, adding that there should always be relevance between assessment and curriculum so that the outcomes of assessment would accurately reflect the individual’s competence or attainment in relation to tasks or further studies.
President Bio also stressed the need for synergy among the various country offices of WAEC, and urged the council to constantly deploy cutting-edge technology in its operations across the sub-region.
While reaffirming his government’s commitment to the fulfilment of all obligations to WAEC, the President advised the council to do everything necessary to sustain its reputation as a leading examining board in Africa.
The meeting, which was held from March 18 to March 22, 2019, was attended by delegates from the member countries of WAEC including The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
At the opening ceremony, three candidates were honoured with the WAEC International Excellence Awards for their outstanding performance in the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
They were Master Peter Seunara Arotiba, Miss Wilhelmina Opoku and Miss Brago Sarpong Afrifa.
The three winners emerged from a total of 1,976,537 candidates who sat WASSCE for school candidates, 2018 in The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
The Augustus Bandele Oyediran Best Candidate in West Africa Award was also presented to Master Peter Seunara Arotiba.
A former invigilator and member of Council of WAEC, Mr Akinwande J. Lasite appealed to international donor agencies, corporate organisations and philanthropists to collaborate with WAEC by instituting other award schemes to encourage more students in the sub region to strive for academic excellence.
Mr Lasite was also rewarded for his outstanding contribution to the success of the work of WAEC.
By Times Reporter