West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has launched its digital certificate platform for candidates in Nigeria to generate certificates online and to recover burnt, lost, and damaged certificates.
The platform, which comes in both mobile and web-based applications, was unveiled Thursday at the WAEC International Office in Lagos.
Patrick Areghan, the head of the national office at WAEC, Nigeria, said the council is committed to its mission of encouraging academic and moral excellence, promoting sustainable human resource development and international cooperation, which is foundational to birthing the digital platform.
We have migrated from physical registration of candidates to online registration; online verification of results and online result printouts.
“The development of the new digital certificate platform is in line with WAEC’s continuous record of meeting global needs by using cutting-edge technology to improve candidates’ experiences as they seek to continue their education,” he said.
Areghan disclosed that it will cost N7,500 for new and old candidates to assess the platform, N3,500 to share and N5,000 for certificate confirmation to “eliminate fraud and send fakers out of the market.”
He added that the platform will enable over 30 million certificate holders to “access and share the original copies of their certificates from anywhere in the world and those from 1970 to 1998 will be attended to shortly.”
The WAEC boss added that the platform also allows for bulk confirmation of certificates at once and candidates can print their digital certificates in high quality to have a physical copy.
The digital certificate platform initiated by Nigeria is the first of its kind in the examination board since its establishment in 1952.