In order to reduce the stress in access and retrieval of students’ certificates, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Friday officially launched a digital certificate platform.

The Head of the National Office Nigeria, WAEC, Patrick Areghan broke the news today explaining that the new technology comes with many benefits.

While boasting that the new technology has ultimately reduced the cost of accessing and retrieving certificates of students, Areghan explained that the digital certificate is the electronic version of the traditional paper certificate issued to students after their participation in exams.

Areghan assured that certificates from 1999 to date are ready and available for access on the new platform. According to him, one of the benefits of the new technology includes giving certificate holders the power to prevent unauthorized users from accessing their data.

“The platform is compliant with global best practices by ensuring that the data of candidates are protected securely and cannot be accessed by the parties without the consent of certificate owners.

“Institutions and organisations can confirm with ease the reliability and authenticity of individuals’ certificates on the digital certificates platform. This eliminates fraud and will send unscrupulous persons out of the market. It has many security doors that make it possible to hack,” Areghan said.

He explained further that universities, institutions and organisations can as well enjoy a seamless, secure, and fast confirmation process with the digital platform.

“It also allows for bulk confirmation of certificates at once. This saves valuable admission costs and time”, Areghan added.

The HNO assured that the platform is well secured and safe from hackers, pointing out that since the commencement of the assessment, certificates have been issued to represent students’ performance in examinations.

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