Sierra Leone to host WAEC Council meeting
On March 24 this year, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) will hold its 62nd Annual WAEC meeting in Freetown to discuss issues dealing with examinations and their conduct, SLENA reports.
The four day event (24-28 March) will take place at the British Council Auditorium, Tower Hill.
Sierra Leone being the host country and one of the founding member states, others being Nigeria, Ghana, the Gambia and Liberia, has been plagued with examination malpractices and other challenges that tend to lower standards in the education system in the country.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of WAEC, Mr. Mohamed Sallieu Sapateh, the meeting will be preceded by an ‘Endowment Fund Lecture’ and an award ceremony which will be given to assiduous member countries. The award will also include that of ‘The Best WAEC Candidate’.
Speaking to SLENA at his Tower Hill office in Freetown, Mr. Sapateh said since Sierra Leone has been a prominent member in the convention with an exemplary good record, the country is expected to hold key position in the council, adding that other member states will also be expected to hold various positions of trust.
Prominent on the agenda will be discussions on issues affecting examinations in the sub-region and the need for partnership between governments, schools and parents. Mr. Sapateh opined that for the partnership to have real meaning, the parents should have more information about what schools are doing and what their children are doing in schools in order to achieve their goal.
He said council members will be focusing on issues that will raise the standard of education in schools in the sub-region.
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