The examination body had said that it would move the 1,742 candidates to Ondo and Delta States to enable them write the Mathematics 1 and 2 papers on September 10, due to governorship election scheduled to hold on the same day.

It had also said that the parents or guardians of the candidates would bear the financial cost of the movement.

Some of the candidates, who spoke to our correspondent in Benin, said that the new plan would be difficult to achieve due to the short notice and financial burden it would place on their parents.

One of them, who identified himself as Christopher, said, “I am just hearing about the change of venue for the first time.

“But I do not think it will work because I do not have anyone in Ondo or Delta.”

Another candidate, Elohosa Osagie, called on WAEC to provide a better alternative, adding that relocating them could affect their focus.

“If the story is true, then there is problem. Traveling alone can make one to lose balance.

“It can distort one’s state of mind and one can easily forget all that had been read. Locating to the centre  alone could be a big problem; WAEC should please do something about it,” Osagie said.

Also speaking on the issue, the proprietor of a coaching centre in Benin, who declined to mention his name, expressed worry that the safety of candidates might be at risk due to the long distance.

A parent, Mr. Ayo Oise, urged the examination body to consider conducting the examination in the universities across the three senatorial districts.

Oise explained, “They could have asked the candidates in Benin to assemble at the University of Benin for the paper. Those writing in Edo Central could gather at a place at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, while those in the Edo North could use the Auchi Polytechnic.

“I learnt they (candidates) are not up to 2,000. That appears to me like a workable plan than moving them to Ondo or Delta state.”