Cambridge Confirm ‘Hausa’ Offered In 1961 WASCE Exams


The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, now known as Cambridge Assessment has confirmed that African language papers, including Hausa, were offered for the West African School Certificate Examination in the Northern Region in 1961.

The UK examination body, in a statement on its website, on Wednesday also said that the number of candidates who sat for the WASSC Hausa examination in 1961 was 152.

Cambridge was responding to allegations that the results presented by the All Progressives Congress Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari were fake as being alleged in some quarters.

There had been reports that Hausa was not part of the WASSCE of 1961 as claimed in the results presented by Buhari.

The examination body said it will not declare Buhari’s results on the grounds that the Data Protection Act of 1998 prevents the body from declaring anybody’s result to the public.

“We 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 Data Protection Act 1998 and section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,” the statement said.

According to Cambridge, even if the body has Buhari’s result or that of any other person’s, it is a personal document kept in trust.

The statement read, “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.”

Buhari had, at a news conference at the Kano State Government House, dismissed the controversy over his school certificate as a mischief orchestrated by the Peoples Democratic Party.