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Ignore fake West African Examinations Council ‘price list’ for data correction, other issues

IN SHORT: A list containing fees for correction of data on certificates did not emanate from the West African Examinations Council. The council has asked the public to disregard the message.

A message circulating on Facebook in September 2023 claims that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released a price list.

WAEC is West Africa's leading examining board established by law to conduct public examinations and award certificates in English-speaking West African countries.

The message reads: “Parents and guardians, please take a proper look at this PRICE list The examination body is not kidding at all. Pls kindly guide our children or students with the correct date of birth and official school names as written on the First school leaving Certificate etc: Any error dent to be corrected on WAEC certificate attract huge FEE. ALWAYS KEEP UR CREDENTIALS SAFE...”

The message also appeared here and here on Facebook.

In April 2016, the council said it would stop correcting errors in “date of birth and other entries” on certificates from 1 January 2017 in a bid to curb malpractice.

Has this decision changed? And did this list come from the examination council? We checked. 


‘Message is fake

On 26 September 2023, the body warned that the list was fake and not from the council.

“Please note that this document did not emanate from WAEC-Nigeria. The Council still does not entertain requests for date of birth amendment,” it tweeted.

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