The West African Examinations Council – WAEC

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is one of the leading examination bodies in West Africa. Their main role is to conduct the West African Senior School Leaving Certificate Examinations and to award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities. On this page, you will see everything you need to know about WAEC; its history, mandate/act, functions, current leadership, departments, and units.

West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

About WAEC

The West African Examinations Council is West Africa’s foremost examining board. established by law to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African countries. And also to conduct the examinations, and award certificates comparable to those of equivalent examining authorities internationally. jamb result Information guides Nigeria

Established in 1952, the vision of West African Examinations Council is to be a world-class examining body, adding value to the educational goals of its stakeholders. West African Examinations Council

There are two WAEC websites. One of which is the official WAEC Registration Portal (registration.waecdirect.org); for candidates to register their WAEC examinations. The second is the official WAEC result checking portal (www.waecdirect.org), designed for checking of WAEC results. NNPC recruitment

Also, all the West African countries writing WAEC have their own websites, and they are as follows:-

  • Ghana WAEC result checking portal: ghana.waecdirect.org
  • Sierra Leone WAEC result checking portal: www.waecsierra-leone.org
  • Liberia WAEC result checking portal: results.liberiawaec.org
  • Nigeria WAEC result checking portal: www.waecnigeria.org
  • Gambia WAEC result checking portal: www.waecgambia.org

Brief History of WAEC

The history of WAEC dates back to 1948, when the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, University of London School Examinations Matriculation Council, and West African Departments of Education met to discuss on matters concerning the future policy of  education in West Africa.

At the meeting, Dr. George Barker Jeffery (Director of the University Of London Institute Of Education) was appointed to visit some West African countries, so as to see the general education level and requirements in West Africa. At the end of Jeffery’s three-month visit (December 1949 – March 1950) to Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, he tendered a report (often known as Jeffery’s report) strongly supporting the need for a West African Examination Council, and making detailed recommendations on the composition and duties of the Council. JAMB Caps

Following this report, the group met with the governments of these countries, and they agreed on establishing a West African Examination Council, fully adopting Jeffery’s recommendations.

Subsequently, the legislative assemblies of Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia passed an ordinance (West African Examinations Council Ordinance NO. 40),  approving the West African Examination Council in December 1951. The Ordinance agreed to the coordination of exams, and issuing of certificates to students in individual countries by the West African Examination Council. Liberia later issued its ordinance in 1974, at the annual meeting held in Lagos, Nigeria. After the success of forming an examination council, the council called the first meeting in Accra, Ghana on March 1953.

In the meeting, the registrar briefed everybody about the progress of the council. Five committees were formed to assist the council, including, Administrative and Finance Committee, School Examinations Committee, Public Service Examinations Committee, The Professional, Technical and Commercial Examinations Committee, and the Local Committee. The total number of people present at the meeting was 26.

WAEC Mandate/Act

The mandate of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is to;

  • assist in the development of sound education
  • ensure that educational standards are maintained
  • give the people of West Africa a vision of the great potentials which lie beyond examinations.

Functions of WAEC

The following are the functions of WAEC:

  1. Assists in the development of sound education.
  2. Ensures that educational standards are maintained.
  3. Gives the people of West Africa a vision of the great potentials which lie beyond examinations.
  4. Determines the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African Countries.
  5. Conduct examinations and award certificates of comparable standard to those of similar examining authorities, worldwide.

Current Leadership of WAEC Chairman

The council’s current chairman is Professor, Ato Essuman, from Ghana. He was elected during the 69th meeting of the council held in march 22-26, 2021.

List of WAEC Departments and Units

  1. Aptitude Test Department
  2. Security Printing Department
  3. Legal Department
  4. Public Affairs Department
  5. Treasury
  6. Account & Branches
  7. Expenditure
  8. Schools Examination
  9. Scripts Room & Examiners Record
  10. Private Candidate Exams
  11. Security Exam. Co-ord.
  12. Science
  13. Post Examination
  14. Languages
  15. Mathematics and Technical Subjects
  16. Arts, Business, and Humanities
  17. Medical Services
  18. Meetings Unit
  19. Systems
  20. Production Control
  21. Operations
  22. e-Facility
  23. Programming

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6 Notable Achievements of WAEC

  1. The introduction of the private candidates’ examinations, a facility for admitting on-the-spot candidates who were unable to enroll within the designated registration period.
  2. The ability to attract other non-WAEC participating countries to participate in the WAEC examination.
  3. The ability to check WAEC result online with apps/mobile phones.
  4. The ability to provide an attestation of results replacement for candidates who lost or damage their results.
  5. The provision of an e-marking software and equipment marking of selected subject papers (Mainly Objective Exercise)
  6. The deployment of software and gadgets for identification of candidates, capturing of data, and detection of irregularities at examination centres.

  Challenges facing WAEC

  1. The high rate of examinations malpractice during examination:  Uwadiae lamented that exam malpractice had persisted through encouragement by misguided parents, guardians, rogue websites, and school owners using sophisticated methods of cheating.
  2. Poor educational system: It is being said that private institutions are better than government-owned educational institutions in Nigeria. This could be seen due to the employment of unqualified teachers, not monitoring of teachers, and their duties in school.
  3. Unsecure saver: Due to WAEC saver not being secured properly, hackers could break in and as a result, examination papers will get leaked before the day of exams. This is a serious problem and a big challenge WAEC is facing right now.

WAEC Contact Details

Here are the WAEC contact details below;

Abuja

The West African Examinations Council
Secretariat Road, Gwagwalada.
P.M.B 67, Garki, Abuja-FCT.
Tel: 08131622534
Email: zcabuja@waec.org.ng, waecabuja@yahoo.co.uk

Benin

The West African Examinations Council
Exams Council Avenue, Off Benin-Auchi Road (Opposite Water Reservoir)
P.M.B 1234, Benin City, Edo State.
Tel: 052-875481; 876483; 875484, 08025383319
Email: zcbenin@waec.org.ng, waecbenin@yahoo.com,

Enugu

The West African Examinations Council
22, Aguleri Street,Independence Layout,
PMB 1040, Enugu, Enugu State.
Tel: 042-823384, 823375-9
Email: zcenugu@waec.org.ng, waecenugu1@yahoo.com

Ibadan

The West African Examinations Council
1/3 Akintoye Adesina Way, Ijokodo,
PMB 5260, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Tel: 02-8707227; 8735717; 2007079; 2008394
Email: zcibadan@waec.org.ng, zcwaecibadan@yahoo.com

Ikeja

The West African Examinations Council
Plot 16,18 & 20, Ijaye Road, Ogba Estate,
P.M.B 21582, Ikeja, Lagos State.
Tel:01-7731743, 8939438, 8939460
Email: zcikeja@waec.org.ng, zcwaecikeja@yahoo.com

Maiduguri

The West African Examinations Council
Bosco Line, Off Kashim Ibrahim Road,
P. M. B. 1218, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Tel:076-940615, 960204, 970187
Email: zcmaiduguri@waec.org.ng, waecmaid@yahoo.com

Jos

The West African Examinations Council
Yakubu Gowon Way, Along Buruku Road,
P.M.B. 2251, Jos, Plateau State.
Tel: 07030131944, 07055592580
Email: zcjos@waec.org.ng, waecjos@yahoo.com

Kaduna

The West African Examinations Council
Zaria Road, Adjacent to Kawo Post Office,
P.M.B. 2135, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
Tel: 062-889257, 07028351188
Email: zckaduna@waec.org.ng, waec.kaduna@yahoo.com

Owerri

The West African Examinations Council
11/13, Isiukwuato Street, Aladinma Housing Estate,
P.M.B. 1478, Owerri, Imo State.
Tel: 083-230879; 233325; 08101480421, 08135788384, 08118918951
Email: zcowerri@waec.org.ng, zcowerri@yahoo.co.uk

Port-Harcourt

The West African Examinations Council
Plot F/26 Diobu, No. 2, Sam Wobo Street,
Off Sanni Abacha Road GRA Phase 3.
P.M.B. 5326, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
Tel: 084-901205-9
Email: zcportharcourt@waec.org.ng, bcportharcourt@yahoo.com

Sokoto

The West African Examinations Council
1B Tsafe road,
P.M.B. 2288, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
Tel: 060-232198, 239618
Email: zcsokoto@waec.org.ng, waecsok@yahoo.com

Uyo

The West African Examinations Council
Ikot Ayan Ikono, off Abak Road
P.M.B. 1099, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State.
Tel: 08169364425, 08169364458, 08169364479
Email: zcuyo@waec.org.ng, uyobc@yahoo.com

Abeokuta

The West African Examination Council

  • Onikolobo, P.M.B 2161, Abeokuta, Ogun State
  • Tel: 037-241254

GSM: 08020838496

  • Email: waecabeokuta@yahoo.com

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Ado-Ekiti

The West African Examination Council

  • Omolayo Quarters, Off Ikere/Ado Ekiti Road
  • PMB 5451, Ado-Ekiti Ekiti State.
  • Email: waecadoekiti@yahoo.co.uk

Akure

The West African Examination Council

  • Behind INEC Office, Alagbaka Quaters, P.M.B 798, Akure, Ondo State.
  • Tel:034-240644,240578,242236, 207309,207251.
  • Email: waecakure@yahoo.com

Asaba

The West African Examination Council

  • WAEC Road, Behind Federal Secretariat, Off Okpanan road,
  • P.M.B: 1020, Asaba, Delta State.
  • Tel: 056-870840
  • Email:waecasaba@yahoo.com

Awka

The West African Examination Council

  • Amawbia-Agulu Road Nise
  • P.M.B. 6005, Awka, Anambra State.
  • Tel: 048-550116, 08026211147
  • Email: waecawka@yahoo.com

Bauchi

The West African Examination Council

  • Birshin Fulani, opposite Federal Poly Staff Quaters, Dass Road
  • P.M.B. 0222, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  • Tel: 070-34609590
  • Email:bcwaecbauchi@yahoo.com

Calabar

The West African Examination Council

  • 230/232, Murtala Muhammed Highway
  • P.M.B. 1362, Calabar. Cross River State.
  • Tel: 087-772585; 821958
  •  Email: bcwaeccal@yahoo.co.uk

Gusau

The West African Examination Council

  • New Central Market Road
  • PMB 01062, Gusau, Zamfara State.
  • Email: waecgusau@yahoo.com

Ilorin

The West African Examination Council

  • Kaima Road, Oko-Olowo, Oloje Area
  • P.M.B 1500, Ilorin, Kwara State.
  • Tel: 031-810610
  • Email: waecilorin@yahoo.com

Kano

The West African Examination Council

  • Dawakin Dakata,
  • P.M.B 3124, Kano, Kano State.
  • Tel: 063-310081, 317194, 201697
  • Email: Waecofficekano@yahoo.com

Katsina

The West African Examination Council

  • 55/57, Murtala Muhammed Way, Jibia road Bypass, Magangarin-Gafai,
  • P.M.B. 2110, Katsina, Kastina State.
  • Tel: 065-431784
  • Email: waeckatsina@yahoo.com

Lokoja

The West African Examination Council

  • Block 568 and 569, Salau Atima Housing Estate,
  • PMB 1050, Lokoja, Kogi State.
  • Tel: 058-222568 Email: waecikj@yahoo.com

Markurdi 

The West African Examination Council

  • 41, Kashim Ibrahim Road, P.M.B. 102390, Makurdi, Benue State.
  • Tel: 044 – 533253, 531984
  •  GSM: 08053877660
  • Email: waecmakurdi@yahoo.com

Minna

The West African Examination Council

  • Along Paiko Road, close to College of Education
  • P.M.B. 85, Minna, Niger State.
  • Tel: 066-222678
  • Email: waecminna2@yahoo.com

Osogbo 

The West African Examination Council

  • Alekuwodo Area, Behind Govt Technical College,
  • P.M.B. 4473, Osogbo, Osun State.
  • Tel: 035 – 207067
  • Email: waecosogbo@yahoo.com

Umuahia

The West African Examination Council

  • Old Aba Road , Amunzunta,
  • P.M.B. 7090, Umuahia, Abia State.
  • Tel: 088 – 307814
  • Email: bcumuahia@yahoo.co.uk

Yola

The West African Examination Council

  • Yola-Fufore Road, beside Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation (ABC),
  • P.M.B. 2246, Yola, Adamawa State.
  • Mobile: 0803-492-0081, 0708-335-8876
  • Email: waecyola@yahoo.co.uk

Enugu

The West African Examination Council

  • 22, Aguleri Street, Independence Layout,
  • P.M.B 1040b, Enugu, ENUGU STATE.
  • Tel: +234-42-253378, 457458.

  • E-mail: waecenugu1@yahoo.com
Abakaliki

The West African Examination Council

  • 55, Udemezue Street,
  • P.M.B. 042, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
  • Tel: 07083468494
  • Email: bcabakaliki@waec.org.ng, bcwaecai@yahoo.com
Yenagoa

The West African Examination Council

  • Off Winners’ way, opposite Silverbird Galleria, Swali.
  • P.M.B. 134, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
  • Tel: 08140061631, 08148808467, 08118918941-42
  • Email: bcyenagoa@waec.org.ng, waecyenagoa@yahoo.com

Jalingo

The West African Examination Council

  • Teachers’ College Quarters off Hammanruwa way,
  • P.M.B. 1188, Jalingo, Taraba state.
  • Tel:08038024927
  • Email: bcjalingo@waec.org.ng, waecjalingo@yahoo.com

The West African Examination Council

  • Along Buruku Road,
  • P.M.B. 2251, Jos, Plateau State.
  • Tel: 07030131944
  • Email: waecjos@yahoo.com

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