From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has pledged to improve its workers’ salary to motivate them towards optimal performance.
The Head, Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Olutise Adenipekun made the pledge in Lokoja yesterday at an event marking the 67th WAEC Day Celebration.
Adenipekun said that the management had set up a committee to review its staff salary, saying, “the report of the committee is being considered”
“Recently, management set up a committee to review staff salary in spite of the council’s dwindling resources.
“The committee’s report is currently being considered by management and appropriate position will be taken on it soonest,” he said.
He said that the council’s achievements over the years would not have been possible without the cooperation and dedication of staff and other stakeholders.
“Management believes that it is important to sustain an effective and efficient workforce, through regular staff training and re-training.
“This will be vigorously pursued during this fiscal year”, Adenipekun said.
He urged WAEC staff to be prudence in resources management, stressing that there was need to adopt strict fiscal discipline to avoid wastage.
“We should embrace transparency and accountability in all our dealings, we must remember, the council has zero tolerance for corruption,” he said
In her remarks, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said that there was cordial and transparent working relationship between WAEC and the state government.
“In 2017, WAEC de-recognized 47 secondary schools while 108 others were warned, In 2018, it de-recognized 13 schools and 56 of them warned,” she said.
She said the state government had been able to curb down the trend to 27. 6 per cent for de-recognition, 50.9 per cent warned.
She ascribed the improvement recorded in 2018 WAEC examinations to the state government’s position to ensure strict adherence to examination rules and regulations.
She emphasized that no student would be admitted into Junior or Senior Secondary schools without passing the mandatory required Basic Education Certificates Examinations (BECE) as the case may be.