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WAEC elects Kandakai as 18th chairman

By Ujunwa Atueyi
09 April 2015   |   2:11 am
DR. Evelyn S. Kandakai of Liberia has been elected 18th Chairman of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). This was at the 63rd yearly meeting of the sub-regional organisation, where the Minister of Education of Liberia, Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, commended the Nigerian government for hosting the meeting on behalf of her country, as a result of the Ebola crisis rocking the country.

DR. Evelyn S. KandakaiDR. Evelyn S. Kandakai of Liberia has been elected 18th Chairman of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). This was at the 63rd yearly meeting of the sub-regional organisation, where the Minister of Education of Liberia, Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, commended the Nigerian government for hosting the meeting on behalf of her country, as a result of the Ebola crisis rocking the country.

A statement signed by the Head, Public Affairs Department, WAEC headquarters, Accra Ghana, Abiodun Aduloju, showed that Kandakai is the first female to be elected into the position in the 63-year history of the council.

Her election is for a three-year tenure, in line with the council’s convention, and she succeeds emeritus Professor P.A.I Obanya of Nigeria, who was elected in March 2012.

Tarpeh, in her remarks at the three-day forum recalled the circumstances that forced Liberia to give up preparations for the meeting, expressing gratitude to the government and people of Nigeria for the assistance and solidarity extended to Liberia at various difficult times.

The council rotates its yearly meeting among the five-member countries, which are Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. In 2014, Sierra Leone hosted the meeting, and Ghana is expected to host the 2016 edition, while Nigeria will be the host of the 2017 edition.

“The council appreciated the governments of the member countries for their goodwill, cooperation and assistance to WAEC since inception in 1952 and expressed gratitude to the teachers, officials of the ministries of education, the security agencies and all other stakeholders in member countries who constantly assisted WAEC to achieve success in its operations and activities,” the statement signed by Aduloju stated.

It added, “The council further commended management of the various WAEC offices for implementing effective innovations that had brought improvements in the operations of the examining board.

It expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and property in the wake of the Ebola epidemic and activities of insurgents in some member countries, and urged the country offices to remain vigilant and proactive to ensure that candidates were not exposed to any form of danger while sitting WAEC examinations.”

Meanwhile, at the opening ceremony, three candidates were honoured with the WAEC International Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding performance in the May/June 2014 WASSCE. Master Mickail Hasan; Master Blaykyi Kenyah and Master Archibald Henry Enninful, who finished first, second and third respectively. The three candidates, all Ghanaians, were selected from a total of 2,018,497 candidates who sat the examination in the five member countries.