Peter Arotiba Emerges Best West Africa Candidate, Receives WAEC Excellence Award

A student of Nigerian Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos, Master Peter Seunara Arotiba, has been honoured with the West African Examination Council’s (WAEC) International Excellence Awards for his outstanding performance in the 2018 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Arotiba received the honour alongside Miss Wilhermina Opoku and Miss Brago Sarpong Afrifa, who came second and third respectively. The second and third prize winners are Ghanaians.

Arotiba with examination number 4251112045, had a total score of 657.8256 to beat the second and third prize winners to the first prize.

The Augustus Bandele Oyediran Best Candidate in West Africa Award was also presented to Arotiba.

Image maker of WAEC, Mr Demian Ojijeogu, in a statement issued on Friday, March 29, 2019, said that the three winners emerged from a total of 1,976,537 candidates, who sat for 2018 WASSCE (School Candidate) in The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

They were specially honoured at the opening ceremony of the 67th Annual Meeting of WAEC, held in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The ceremony also featured the election of the country’s Chief Government Nominee on Council, Dr. Alhaji Mohamed Kamara, as Vice-Chairman for a one-year tenure. He succeeds Mr. Ebrima Sisawo of The Gambia.

It also featured the conferment of Distinguished Friend of Council on an eminent Sierra Leonean, Mr. A. J. Lasite, a formerItem-Writer, Chief Examiner, Supervisor, Invigilator and Member of Council, for his outstanding contribution to the success of the work of WAEC.

The Council appealed to international donor agencies, corporate organisations and philanthropic private individuals to collaborate with WAEC by instituting other awards to encourage more students in the sub-region to strive for academic excellence.

Furthermore, Council received reports from the leaders of the country delegations, and lauded the various people-oriented programmes and initiatives being implemented in the education sector of their respective countries. It expressed appreciation to the governments of the member countries for their renewed commitment to educational matters and the conduct of credible public examinations.

On the areas that appeared to be lagging, it called on the governments to step up their interventions for further assurances of access to quality education, improved academic attainments and enhanced human capital development.

It also expressed profound appreciation for everything that each member country had done to keep WAEC in existence and provide the enabling environment for the Council to deliver quality service for sixty-seven years. Council commended the Management and staff of its country offices and Headquarters for the successful conduct of examinations, early release of results and prompt issuance of certificates.

It expressed worry over the depth and dimensions of irregularities in public examinations, and called on governments, law enforcement agencies and ICT companies/experts in the sub-region to collaborate with examining boards and other educational institutions in fashioning more sustainable interventions that could rid the school system of assessment frauds.

At the end of the meeting, Council expressed gratitude to the government of Sierra Leone for hosting the meeting, and appreciated the people of Sierra Leone for their hospitality and warmness towards the delegates.

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