The West African Examinations Council on Thursday denied rumours that it had published results of the 2012 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
The Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Council, Mr. Yusuf Ari, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, denied the rumours.
Ari said the council had received information that some fraudulent individuals were trying to deceive the public by posting fraudulent information online concerning the results.
He added that some of the fraudsters even went as far as urging innocent individuals to buy scratch cards to access the results. “There is absolutely nothing like that from our council. We are surprised about this information because we have been receiving calls concerning the said release of results.
“We have barely finished our examination. We have just concluded marking the examination scripts in some states while waiting on others largely due to security challenge in the country.
“Going by our tradition, WAEC has never released the result of this particular examination in July,” he added.
According to him, there is no way the result of examinations that commenced in April across the country and concluded on May 17, will be released in July.
“The policy officially is that results must be released 90 days after the last paper is taken. But in the recent past, we have been releasing results of this examination well ahead of schedule. And there is no way that the release of results of examination of this magnitude could be made without an elaborate news briefing by the Head of National Office,” Ari said.
The deputy director said members of the test body were currently working hard to ensure that they met the target set aside for the release of the results.
Ari pleaded with candidates and other stakeholders to shun the rumours.
“Whenever we are set to publish our results, we shall announce it using all the media of communication, as had always been the practice.
“Here in this council, we normally follow a pattern and we cannot start changing it now without following due process,” he said.