Following complaints by some Muslim stakeholders in the country, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has made some minor adjustments in its timetable for the 2018 May/June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
WAEC’s director of public affairs, Demianus Ojijeogu, told the Tribune on Saturday, March 17, that the board had to adjust the timetable to accommodate the interests of Muslims.
He said: “The Council, being a responsible and responsive organisation, has made a slight adjustment on the timetable.
“The papers originally slated for Friday, April 20, 2018 will now be taken on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the same times as stated on the timetable; while those slated for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 will now be taken on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the same time as stated on the timetable.”
In the previous timetable released for 2018 May/June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE), candidates were to write Chemistry paper from 2pm to 5pm on Friday, April 20.
The paper would have clashed with Muslim Friday prayers which usually hold between 1:30 pm to 3pm. Ishaq Akintola, president of MURIC, had said the timetable was an “injustice” against Muslims, whom he claimed had become “endangered species.”
According to him, WAEC had fixed examinations during Jummat sessions for some years and Muslim leaders discussed with the council in 2016 and 2017.