Types of Exams:
Examinations e.g.: WASSCE, SC/GCE O/Level and the HSC/GCE
National Examinations such as the Senior School Certificate,
Technical, Business Studies, and Common Entrance Examinations;
Examinations conducted in collaboration with international
examining bodies, such as City
and Guilds of London Institute, and the Royal Society
Examinations conducted on behalf of other examining bodies,
such as University
of London GCE examination for non-West Africans, Scholastic
Aptitude Test and Graduate Record Examinations for Educational
Testing Service, Princeton, USA.
West African Examinations Council was created in 1952.
The Council has the responsibility of ascertaining examinations
required in the public interest in the English-speaking West
African countries, comparable to those of equivalent examining
authorities internationally, and to develop syllabuses, arrange
and administer examinations and to award certificates.
consists of 60 members, representing the Governments, the
Universities, Secondary Schools and other interested parties
in the five member states which are Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra
Leone, The Gambia and Liberia. The chairmanship of the Council
rotates every 3 years between member countries.
Brief History of WAEC:
The West African Examinations Council was established in 1952
following the submission of the Jeffery Report to the then
colonial Government in the Gold Coast, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone
and the Gambia; who passed appropriate Ordinances in their
Legislative Assemblies in 1951.
The Gambia pays 6.54% towards the expenses for the headquarters
of the WAEC.