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Man Docked For Fraud, Stealing WASSCE Fees

A 47-year-old man, Emmanuel Apeh, was on Wednesday docked before a Badagry Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State, for allegedly defrauding five parents of N200,000 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees.

Apeh, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Akpan Nko, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometime in December 2021, at Newton College, Kilometre 25, Okokomaiko, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.

Nko alleged that the defendant obtained N200,000 as registration fees from five parents under the pretext of wanting to use it to register their children for WASCCE, knowing the claim to be false.

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The prosecutor told the court that the defendant stole the money by converting it to his personal use.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 stipulates three years’ jail term for stealing for any convicted offender.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Patrick Adekomaiya, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adekomaiya said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.

The chief magistrate adjourned the case until Feb. 28 for mention.

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is a type of standardized test in West Africa. Students who pass the exam receive a certificate confirming their graduation from secondary education. It is administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

It is only offered to candidates residing in Anglophone West African countries. The academic school-leaving qualification awarded upon successful completion of the exams is the West African Senior School Certificate.

The WASSCE tests four core subjects—English, mathematics, integrated science, social studies, and three or four elective subjects.

There are two different types of the examination:

WASSCE for School Candidates (May/June) is the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school candidates. It is taken by final year students in senior secondary schools. They wear their respective school uniforms. This examination is offered during summer (April to May), and the results are available by August.

WASSCE for Private Candidates (Nov/Dec), also known as General Certificate Examination (GCE) or WAEC GCE, is a private examination and uniforms are not required but biometric registration is compulsory as in the former.

This examination is only offered during autumn and it is usually taken by secondary school leavers who want to correct deficiencies in their results. The results are available by December.

Under the WAEC Marking and Grading Scheme, the letters A to F are used to indicate how good a result is. Explanations: In other words, To get an A in WAEC Mathematics, you need to score above 75% in the Exam. 75% means you are able to get 75 questions correctly out of 100 questions.

Official Guidelines For University Admission

Candidates are advised that they will be required to satisfy not only the university’s general entrance requirements but also the requirements of the particular faculty which they wish to enter and that these requirements vary considerably. Particulars of entrance requirements and exemption regulations may be obtained from the universities or professional bodies concerned.

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