The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has urged candidates who are in possession of the council’s certificates to guard them well adding that it will not re-issues another certificate on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.
Mr. Olu Adenipekun, Head of National Office, WAEC, gave the advice on Sunday in an interview with journalists in Lagos.
According to Adenipekun, the advice was necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at different times for a re-issue of their lost certificates.
“Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter.
“We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination twice but, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns thses certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider of an ‘attestation certificate’.
“About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing board met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two certificates to a single candidate in one examination.
“But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show such things actually happened to his or her certificate, there are certain steps such candidates are expected to take before approaching the council for further action,” he stated.
The examination council boss explained that after all such processes hd been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “Attestation Certificate”.