The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has said it had to increase the registration fees paid for its examinations.

The examination body said the marginal increase of the registration fee for its examination from N13,950 to N18,000 was caused by spiral inflation being witnessed in Nigeria.

The council pledged to continue to improve on its service delivery, assuring its stakeholders that the just-concluded 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be released within 45 days after the conduct of the last paper, as has been the practice of the council.

WAEC said this when its Chairman of Council, Prof. Ato Essuman, led a team on a visit to Education Minister Adamu Adamu yesterday in Abuja.

Essuman solicited the support of the Federal Government to procure the outstanding printing machine to help WAEC in its service delivery.

The chairman said the machine would cost $3.9 million.

He said the building and all the external works had been completed, adding that three of the machines had already been purchased.

“As a responsible and responsive organisation, the council is always seeking ways of improving its service delivery to stakeholders.

“The Nigeria National Office embarked on the establishment of a Digital Printing Press for the printing of examination security materials, the first to be owned by the council in Nigeria.

“However, the project, which is nearing completion, has been stalled because we are not able to fund the acquisition of a particular machine that is vital to the operation of the system.

“I wish, therefore, to use this privilege extended to me today to request your kind intervention to enable us to secure the required financial assistance for the procurement of the machine,” he said.

Essuman said in the 70 years of WAEC’s existence, Nigeria stood out in the comity of member-nations, not only in the discharge of its obligations but also in the enthusiasm and promptness in discharging its obligations.

Adamu promised to make sure that the Federal Government supports the council in achieving its mandate.

Head of WAEC’s Nigeria National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, during a visit to one of the council’s marking centres in Abuja, said there had been a marginal increase in WAEC fees because of the country’s spiral inflation.

He said: “There has to be that marginal increase to enable us to do better services. The examiners are now happy as we are able to increase their marking fees through this marginal increase.

“The money actually went for the payment of examiners to enable us to satisfy them so that they can do the job better.”

The WAEC spokesman said each candidate registering for the examinations now has to pay N18,000, as against the former N13,950.

On whether the council was planning to introduce the Computer Based Test (CBT) in the conduct of its examinations, Areghan said this would only be achieved if the government could provide the required facilities to enable it conduct such examinations.

He said WAEC conducts examinations for over 20,000 secondary schools in the country and in 76 subjects.

According to him, it will be difficult to use CBT for such examinations, knowing that a candidate will offer about eight subjects.

Also, Registrar of Council, Mr. Pateh Bah, expressed satisfaction with WAEC’s obligations.