Statement in response to Nigerian Presidential election enquiries

20 November 2018


The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), 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.”

“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 (WASC).


  • Our records show that, for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the process of localisation was carried out in three stages, beginning in 1951 with the formation of WAEC between the states of Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and the Gambia. The UCLES exam administered by the WAEC was the pre-university level WASC. By 1961 the WAEC was responsible for marking around a third of the scripts and for setting around a quarter of the question papers and in 1965 it became the first overseas area to complete localisation. [This information comes from the WAEC Annual Report 1965 held in our Group Archives.] During the process of localisation, records and data may have been held by either WAEC or UCLES.
  • 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.

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