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The West Africa Examinations Council said it spent over N1.5 billion to conduct the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.
The Head, WAEC National Office in Nigeria, Areghan Patrick, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at the 2021 budget defence before the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services.
Patrick added that over 1.5 million candidates sat for the examination, while 80, 000 officials were engaged to mark the papers.
He said that each candidate paid N13, 900 as examination fee, adding that only registration and administration fees came to the council’s coffers.
Patrick said that WAEC is not a revenue-generating body but an assessment body that collects money to conduct examinations for students.
He said that money collected from candidates does not belong to WAEC but service providers.
The council head said WAEC was currently having a deficit of N7 billion, adding that the council was not fully funded.