By Ngozi Ekhator
The examining body that administered the test that President Muhammadu Buhari stated in his academic information despatched to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), has reacted to the president’s raging certificate controversy.
The organisation now known as Cambridge Assessment, in response to requests to authenticate a candidate’s exam certificate, today said: “We can only confirm or verify results at the direct request of or with the permission of a candidate.”
In a statement, titled: “Statement in Response to Nigerian Presidential Election Emquiries”, the organisation explained on Monday that: “This is in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulations, Data Protection Act 2018 and section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.”
The organisation also confirmed that according to the Regulations for 1961, African Language papers, including those for Hausa were set for the West African School Certificate.
“Examination results were classed in grades by 1 to 9. 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 indicate a Pass with Credit; 7 & 8 indicate a Pass; 9 indicates a Failure.
“To pass the School Certificate, candidates had to pass examinations in a variety of groups. It was compulsory to pass English Language, but not Maths, in order to gain the Certificate.
“The number of candidates who sat for the WASC Hausa examination in 1961 was 152. Our records show that Hausa was set in the Northern Region in 1961.”
President Buhari, standing for reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, had said in an affidavit that accompanied his form to the Independent National Electoral Commission that his results were with the Military.
Last Friday, however, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) presented an Attestation of result certificate to Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja by a team led by Dr. Uyi Uwadiae, it’s registrar.