The portal developed by Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, according to the outgoing Head of the National Office, Dr. Iyi Nwadiae, will also allow people in any part of the world to have access to results of candidates.
The WAEC boss explained that “anyone interested in verifying the results of candidates that sit for any of the council’s examination will no longer have to go through the stress of visiting the council’s offices physically before verifying results as they would have access to results of the council’s candidates from any part of the world.’’
Addressing participants at the launch of the portal in Lagos on Tuesday, Nwadiae said the council had continued to lead in the deployment of information and communication technology in enhancing its operations among examination bodies in Nigeria and across the sub region.
He said the council would continue to explore new ways and means of improving service delivery to its stakeholders. With the portal’s launch, he said the council had again moved a step higher in the business of conducting public examinations.
“The launching of the online results verification portal is coming almost 10 years after the launching of the online results checking portal known as WAEC-DIRECT, in February 2003 and eight years after the take-off of the electronic registration portal in November 2004; commencing with the registration of candidates for the May/June 2005 West African Senior School Certificate Examination,’’ he noted.
Also, the Managing Director of Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, Mr. Hassan Alao, described the launching as yet another first in improving the authenticity and integrity in the service delivery process of the nation’s educational sector.
He said the value proposition and addition that the solution brings in the nation’s quest for excellence could not be overemphasised in view of the challenges the nation is facing in its quest for greatness.
He said, “It is indeed refreshing to note that the WAEC online result verification portal will promote integrity and efficiency. Ultimately it would make life easier for students, individuals, institutions and organisations that require the service.
“One can only but imagine the socio-economic advantages that will accrue to the nation as a result of the time, money and other resources that would be saved with the introduction of this service.’’
He commended the leadership and innovations that the HNO and WAEC had demonstrated in developing and deploying the service, noting that the council blazed the trail in e-registration of candidates for examinations.
He said Sidmach Technologies as a trusted ICT solution provider, had over the years brought about great solutions such as e-registration service, e-learning, end-to -end examination processing system and the WAEC result verification portal.
Earlier, the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyeson Wike, maintained that education was a key priority and remained the most important pillar of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, as one of the very important examination bodies in Nigeria and West Africa, WAEC occupies a strategic position as an indispensable medium for realising some of the fundamental objectives of the transformation agenda in the education sector.
While observing that a lot still needed to be done in the education sector to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the secondary education system, the minister urged all relevant stakeholders to eliminate the menace of examination malpractices in the public examination system.