The Head of National Officer (HNO), West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheriff Mohamed Sapateh, has said in Freetown that the National Primary School Examinations (NPSE) 2012 will be conducted countrywide on Saturday, 5th May, 2012.
He explained that senior officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology are currently working around the clock to put mechanisms in place to effectively monitor the conduct of the examination.
Mr. Sapateh revealed that WAEC has put the machinery in place to ensure that all examination materials are conveyed to the respective examination centres by Thursday, May 3 latest.
In an exclusive interview with this medium, he said for candidates who did not register earlier for various reasons, contingency measures have been made to allow them to take the examination. He said staff of WAEC along with examination agents will be involved in the monitoring of the examination. He also stated that parents and guardians will not be allowed to over crowd the examination centres during the course of the examinations.
Mr. Safateh further disclosed that the Police have been invited for maximum security to ensure that the examination is conducted in a smooth atmosphere to ward of intruders and deal with any mal-practice.
He called on Supervisors and Invigilators not to scare candidates during the conduct of the examination.
Mr. Sapateh said, Supervisors and Invigilators are required to be presented at all examination centres by 7:30 a.m. prompt to enhance the smooth start of the examination.
He revealed that the NPSE 2012 has a candidacy of 96,449 from the four regions of the country, with the North having 31,584, the Western Area 27,074, the East 21,391 and the South 16,400.
He also disclosed that they have 217 Examination Centres across the country including 71 in the North, 59 in the West, 43 in the East, and 44 in the South.
He observed that this figure of 96449 shows a decrease of one percent over the entry figure of 97,307 in 2011.
He also explained that this year they have created new centres of 4 in the North, 3 in the West and 1 in the South to accommodate the candidate entries country wide. He said a total of 3,004 primary schools presented candidates for this year. He also revealed that they expect to use 2,756 Invigilators and 804 Supervisors for the examination centres.
He appealed to all Teachers and Head Teachers to support and cooperate with them by involving themselves in the conduct of the examination to make it a success.