Fake list of sundry charges by WAEC circulates online

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A Facebook user, Olatoke AbdulAzeez Kolawole, recently posted a list purporting to emanate from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on payment of sundry charges to file for correction of personal details regarding individual’s exam result or certificate.

The user, who intended to warn parents to be careful when their ward is filling the registration form for the exams said, “Dear parents and guardians, take proper look at the rates above from WAEC. The examination body is not kidding at all. Kindly guide the students with filling the correct birth date and names; subsequent correction is not cheap.”

The claim has also spread widely on multiple social media platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) as seen here and here.

 

CLAIM

Social media users recently posted a list of sundry charges that candidates sitting for WAEC would have to pay if they seek to correct any errors in their personal details with the council after the exams.

Screenshot of the Facebook post containing the claim. INSERT: False verdict.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by this reporter show that the claim is FALSE!

The document started with the price for correction of date of birth, which it stated would cost N70,000, followed by attestation of result, N80,000; correction of name, N30,000, correction of gender, N30,000, confirmation of result (international), N39,000 and confirmation of result (local), N19,500.

Others include use of internet, N650; loss of exam number, N3,900; pin resolution, N910; sealed scratch card, N13,000; result checker, N3,250; syllabuses, N520; examiner report, 6,500 and amendment on entry, N6,500.

The Council had earlier labelled the document as fake on its official X account (formerly Twitter), stating that it did not emanate from them.

“Please note that this document did not emanate from WAEC-Nigeria. The Council still does not entertain requests for date of birth amendment,” the statement posted on its X account (@waecnigeria) on September 26, 2023 read.

 

Daily Trust reports that the Council stopped making corrections to date of birth since 2017 in what it described as a way to curb examination malpractice.

The Council had stated in a press release that, “We have observed with chagrin, the volume of requests for amendments by candidates, as well as the fact that it could be an opening for examination malpractice; hence the need to stop the ugly trend. Moreover, where a candidate detects any error in his/her date of birth after the certificate has been printed, he/she will be advised to obtain an affidavit from a court of law as a support to the certificate.

“The Council has included in its registration portal, a secondary opportunity for candidates to confirm the correctness of all their entries in the date of birth box. In addition, all requests received prior to the above-stated effective date will be treated on their merit,” it stated.

Similarly, the Council’s current charge is N10,000 for correction on names.

 

THE VERDICT

The posts which claimed that a correction of change of name by WAEC would cost N70,000 is FALSE, among other 13 items on the viral list.

 

* This fact-check was written by Faruk Shuaibu, a fellow of the ICIR’s Countering Misinformation and Promoting Media Literacy project, supported by the German Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. It was published by Daily Trust. You can read the report here.

Faruk Shuaibu

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