WAEC Makes NIN Compulsory for 2022 SSCE (School) Registration

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Has Disclosed that the National Identification Number (NIN) will be made Compulsory starting from 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) for School Candidates and Subsequent Diets.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has stated that prospective candidates who will be sitting, enrolling / registering for the  for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) for School Candidates must provide their National Identity Number (NIN) at the point of registration.


The Head of WAEC, Nigeria called on candidates to ensure that they have their National identification number, NIN as candidates will not be allowed to take subsequent examination.

His words: “Let me also use this medium to announce that as we continue to make progress in the conduct of the Council’s business in Nigeria, National Identification Number (NIN) will become a major requirement for registration for the WASSCE examination with effect from the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2022 and subsequent diets (No NIN, no entry!).

“This means that all prospective candidates must register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and get their National Identification Number (NIN). This is in line with the Federal Government’s Policy, as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education. ” He said.

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The information was revealed in a communication to the regional coordinator titled “Registration Of Candidates For WASSCE (SC) And PC With The National Identification Number (NIN).”

Part of the memo reads:

“To this end, Management has directed all Zonal Coordinators, Branch Controllers and Officers in Charge of Offices to sensitise all schools (Principals, Proprietors) Candidates and all stakeholders in their areas of jurisdiction on this new development.

For emphasis only, candidates with National Identification Numbers (NIN) would be eligible to register for WASSCE (SC) or WASSCE (PC).

“It is important that all stakeholders are sensitised early enough as registration for WASSCE (SC) would soon begin.”