WAEC offers the finance minister free form to rewrite mathematics
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has offered the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, free form to re-sit her mathematics exams after a major goof during budget defense at the National Assembly last week.
During the defense, she alleged that one of the exams body in the country made N16 billion from sale of forms and other services, and got additional N6billion from the federal government bringing the total to ‘N24billion’ yet remitted only N2million to the federation account. Responding to the allegation, the registrar of WAEC Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, not only faulted the minister on the allegation, but also offered her chance to have another go in mathematics given the poor summation of the figures. Uwadiae said: “It’s not enough to go to the Senate and reel out figures.
The minister should know, that what Nigerian students pay to sit for WAEC examinations is simply an operational/management cost, that covers registration, data keeping and management, printing of examination papers, logistics, marking of scripts and production of certificates. And all these cost about N16 billion Naira. “WAEC examination is not designed as a revenue generating source for the Federal Government. In fact governments in the past subsidized the examination fees, just to encourage education. The N6 billion she talked about is for payment of salaries and overheads for staff of the council. “
However, we do not know the mathematical formula the Honorable Minister used, when she said the summation of N16 billion Naira and N6 billion Naira was N24 billion Naira.“I think somebody needs to re-sit her WAEC mathematics examination. And we WAEC have offered to give her a free WAEC form in this respect.”