WAEC Pleads for Strike Exemption Amid Ongoing Labour Strike

West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has requested a strike exemption from the organized labour to ensure the uninterrupted conduct of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination. Dangut expressed that while the Council empathizes with the struggles of Nigerian workers, it is crucial to note that the candidates could face global setbacks if they are unable to complete the ongoing WASSCE.

WAEC Pleads for Strike Exemption Amid Ongoing Labour Strike

The Head of the Nigeria National Office West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr Amos Dangut, has requested a strike exemption from the organized labour to ensure the uninterrupted conduct of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The WASSCE, which started on April 30, is scheduled to conclude on June 24, 2024.

The organized labour initiated a nationwide strike on Monday, June 3, 2024, due to the Federal Government’s refusal to increase the proposed minimum wage from N60,000.

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In an interview, Dangut expressed that while the Council empathizes with the struggles of Nigerian workers, it is crucial to note that the candidates could face global setbacks if they are unable to complete the ongoing WASSCE.

“We are all in a challenging situation. We acknowledge everyone’s hardships. The country’s condition is apparent to all; it is truly distressing. At WAEC, we are not immune to these difficulties.”

“In today’s world, we discuss globalisation. If our children fail to take the exams to align with a global context, they will be at a significant disadvantage. Our cause is just—workers are advocating for better conditions.”

“Regrettably, the world will not comprehend the issues we are confronting if we prevent our children from taking their exams. If our children miss their exams while others in different parts of the country do not, will they be granted admission because there was a strike?” he questioned.

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He urged all stakeholders to foster a conducive environment to ensure the smooth progression of the exams and the successful conduct of the WASSCE. Dangut stated, “Let’s enable our children to take the exams so they can compete with children globally. We empathize with the workers’ struggles, but for our children’s sake, we must let them take the exams. We appeal to the public for these children. Let’s not exacerbate their problems.”

“We are tasked with conducting exams and we are ready, but we require a conducive environment,” he concluded.