The West African Examination Council, WAEC, has stated that the charging of a fee for the production of data required by individuals or organisations is the standard practice of the body.
WAEC Public Affairs Officer, Mr Demianus Ojijeogu, yesterday said the council do grant waivers to non-profit and non-governmental organisations for altruistic purposes.
A Lagos-based organisation, EDUBOX, had requested for the list of best student in each state of the country from WAEC, which the exam body charged the organization N1.85m.
In his clarification, Ojijeogu noted that Edubox did not state that the body is a registered NGO with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.
“It’s a fact that Edubox as can be seen from their letter, did not request for the said data as a registered NGO with the CAC and may have requested the data for intentions that are far from encouraging scholarship and therefore, could not have been granted a waiver.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Council remains the foremost champion for the reward of academic excellence”, said Ojijeogu.
The spokesman assured that the WAEC will not deviate from standard practices for monetary gains.