By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Three secondary schools in Cross River State on Thursday received the Endowment Book Fund Prize worth USD5,000 from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for emerging the best at the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The schools are Assurance Community Secondary School, Obubra, which emerged first; Hillcrest College, Calabar as first runner up and Federal Science College, Ogoja as second runner up reports The Nation.
The awards were presented during the 56th annual general meeting of the Nigeria National Committee (NNC) of the WAEC where the three best candidates in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2017, in Nigeria were honoured with the National Distinction Awards accompanied with cash prizes.
Miss Isabelle Irabor emerged first while Miss Favour Etuonuma and Miss Adenike Adedara emerged second and third best respectively.
Also, 14 staff of the Council in Nigeria who have served meritoriously for 20 years without blemish, received Long Service Awards.
And, the NNC Chairman, Dr. Lami Amodu at the opening of the meeting, said the recipients of the National Distinction Awards were selected based on academic excellence as well as character having not being found involving in any form of examination malpractice.
For the long service awards, She said the it was the Council’s way of expressing appreciation and gratitude to dedicated staff, who contributed to the Council’s success and growth, without compromising their integrity.
Amodu who averred that the NNC is the highest policymaking organ of the Council in Nigeria, also disclosed that the Council has deployed a new technological solution called Item Differential Profile to tackle the menace of examination malpractice.
“Nigeria National Office in particular has taken Information and Communications Technology to improve its service delivery. These, among others, include the online registration of candidates for both WASSCE for School Candidates and private candidates.
“This development has enabled the Council in Nigeria to achieve 100 percent migration from paper based to electronic based enrolment of candidates for its examinations. The deployment of Quick Response Code on our certificates, thereby making it impossible to falsify certificates issued by the Council,” Amodu said.
Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, appreciated the support and cooperation received form the government and people of the state in hosting the meeting.
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