Informed sources filtering into Sierra Express Media indicate that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) responsible for all credible external examinations in the country has gone bankrupt.
Sources also revealed that up to press time, WAEC has not paid examiners and invigilators that conducted the last academic year’s BECE and WASSC Examinations. Source furthered that, this is the major reason why WAEC has deferred the BECE examinations to late August this year and not for the Ebola threat as alleged by WAEC.
The sources continued that, WAEC and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology have been battling with this scenario for months now without any headway.
The blame was shifted to the almighty Ebola, but even after the postponement of the BECE Examinations, WAEC could not still come up with any conclusive date as to when the BECE Examinations will commence, simply because they owe huge arrears to Examiners and Invigilators for last year Examinations.
The present bone of contention is, should WAEC hire new Examiners and Invigilators for the BECE and WASSC Examinations ahead and even if they succeed, what is going to be the reaction of those they owe huge sums? Despite, it is less expensive to maintain the older ones than recruiting new ones. It is also alleged that, WAEC owe their Medical Doctor and other suppliers huge sums which still need to be settled.
At the time of postponing the BECE Examinations, only the Kailahun District was infected with Ebola, but Kenema and Bo have also been infected, does that imply if the virus cannot be contained and escalates to the capital city of Freetown, will WAEC fold up and vacate following day?
May God help Sierra Leone.
By: Mormakoe Musa
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