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REMARKS BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, MALAM ADAMU ADAMU AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF 65TH ANNUAL MEETING OF WAEC HOLDING IN ABUJA NIGERIA ON TUESDAY 21ST MARCH 2017 PDF Print E-mail

It is with great pleasure that I address this gathering and welcome members of the Council of West African Examinations Council, WAEC to Nigeria and to 65th Annual Council Meeting. I welcome you all to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. I would also like to thank the Chairman and Members of Council for the privilege given to Nigeria to host this year’s meeting.

Perhaps needless to say, WAEC needs no introduction in Nigeria or indeed anywhere within English-Speaking West Africa. It’s widely known and widely respected even though it doesn’t blow its own trumpet. It doesn’t need to do so, because most or perhaps all of us here are evidence of its successes. We are all children of WAEC, and we are therefore its trumpets and blowers all rolled into one. We are the fruit of WAEC and we can confidently say it has been true to its mandate.

 

The mandate of WAEC, actualised through the application of its power of assessment, consists in the main of the development of sound education; setting and maintaining high standard in education delivery; and showing the people of our sub-region a vision of the great potentials in the real world that lie beyond examinations. Its mission is to promote excellence. And it has been doing this successfully for more than 60 years, adding value to the education system of its stakeholders.

It has also proved a successful experiment in international cooperation – setting, administering and monitoring examinations in five member states separated by great distances. The relationship between WAEC and Nigeria, which has been of great, mutual benefit, goes back a very long way, right from the organization’s inception. Today, Nigeria shoulders more than half of WAC’S financial burden, and 12 of the 34 members on WAEC Council come from Nigeria.

Hosting this year’s Annual Council Meeting in Nigeria is fortuitous as it coincides with the commencement of our Ministerial Strategic Plan on Education. This plan which was launched last year, aims at repositioning the education sector in Nigeria and addressing its many challenges.

The major challenges facing education in Nigeria include the phenomenon of out of school children numbering more than eleven (11) million, and made worse by a great gender imbalance, inadequate and decaying infrastructure at all levels, insufficient trained teachers, examination malpractice and many others. These are some of the problems inherited by the administration and which the government is working hard to overcome.

Government has rolled out many programmes to combat these challenges including school feeding programme, increasing budgetary allocation to education, closing down the centres that are notorious for examination malpractices, introduction of Computer Based Testing (CBT), development of National Policy on Science and Technology, adding the shortfall in available teachers among so many others. Government has also entered into collaboration with several international development partners on these issues.

As an organization, WAEC has been doing very well and it compares very favourably with examining bodies worldwide. I would like to congratulate you on the good work you have been doing. But it should be clear that more still needs to be done to get a perfect system on ground. I trust that with the calibre of people in the Committee of the Council and staff, WAEC shall soon get there.

This Annual Council Meeting is an opportunity to address the problems facing education and its assessment, move the Council forward by promoting sustainable human resource development and international cooperation among the five member countries. We are confident that the Council will be able to come up with strategies to combat the problems and challenges that face examination administration across the five member nations of WAEC.

Finally, this is also a good opportunity for members to enjoy the hospitality of the good people of Nigeria, and take time off to see the sights of Abuja and its environs.

I wish you successful deliberations and a pleasant stay in Nigeria.

Thank you and God bless Nigeria and WAEC.

 

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