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Can I Register on Behalf of My Child: WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB?

When it's time to register for WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, especially the GCE series of any of these exams, parents tend to look for ways to simplify things for their children.

I've been contacted by a mother wanting to register NABTEB GCE on behalf of her daughter. Another parent commented on whether it's possible to help his son register for WAEC/NECO GCE?

Of course, there's nothing doubtful in my mind. It's just that such children may not be available or close to where the registration would be done. Imagine trying to register any of these exams for a student who is right now in boarding school and may not be allowed to go home for such registration.

So, in this post, I'll be answering these questions and sharing related matters.

You Can't Register These Exams on Behalf of a Child

The way the exams have been designed with their registration process and requirements, you may not be able to register on behalf of any child. Of course, back in the days when WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB did things manually and in paper form, it could have been possible. But today, when things have gone digital and online, you're out of luck.

As a matter of fact, registering for any of these exams won't be possible by proxy due to some reasons.

1. Need For Passport Photo

Whereas you might be thinking, why not use one passport photo available with you while the child is away? Well, that's not possible because the capturing is now live. Instead of the photo-on-card passport, WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB now require candidates' photos to be taken live with the accredited webcam. And, your second thought of asking the student to send you his or her photo through WhatsApp or so won't work here too.

2. Need for Fingerprint Capturing

Similar to live photo, there is a general need to capture fingerprints by these exam bodies. They've approved specific fingerprint machines, being used by cyber cafes and registration centers, which require the physical presence of the candidates to be captured.

So as you can see, your fingers won't be captured on behalf of the child in question. He or she must surely be around to carry his or her own cross.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Direct Registration Required: The registration process for exams like WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB, especially for the GCE series, necessitates the direct involvement of the student due to digital and online procedures. Parents cannot register on behalf of their children.
  2. Digital Verification Processes: Modern registration processes involve live capturing of passport photos and fingerprints, which must be done in person. This technological advancement prevents proxy registration.
  3. Physical Presence is Mandatory: Students must be physically present at registration centers to complete the necessary live photo and fingerprint capturing. This requirement ensures that each candidate's identity is accurately verified.
  4. No Proxy Registration: Due to the live verification steps (photo and fingerprint capturing), it is impossible to register for these exams by proxy. Every student must attend the registration process themselves.
  5. Changes in Registration Procedures Over Time: The shift from manual and paper-based registration processes to digital and online systems has increased the security and integrity of these exams but has also made it impossible to register on behalf of someone else.

These takeaways emphasize the importance of personal attendance during the registration process for major exams and the implications of technological advancements on traditional practices.

Possible Ways Out:

  1. Advance Planning: For students who are away at boarding school or unable to attend the registration in person due to legitimate reasons, parents should plan well in advance. They can coordinate with the school authorities to ensure that their child is available for the registration period.
  2. Utilizing School Breaks: Parents and students should utilize school breaks or holidays for registration purposes. This requires keeping track of registration dates and deadlines to align them with the student’s availability.
  3. Seek Assistance from School Authorities: In some cases, school authorities may assist in facilitating the registration process for their students. This could involve organizing a registration day at the school or providing transportation to registration centers.
  4. Online Pre-Registration: If available, completing any online pre-registration steps that do not require biometric data can be done ahead of time. This can shorten the time needed at the registration center, making it more manageable for students to complete the process during a short visit home or a break from school activities.
  5. Authorized Registration Centers Closer to Schools: Parents can look for authorized registration centers that are closer to the student’s boarding school. This could reduce the distance the student needs to travel to complete the registration process.
  6. Proxy for Non-Biometric Parts of Registration: While biometric data must be provided by the student in person (which can be done at the environ), parents might still be able to assist with other parts of the registration process, such as gathering required documents or making payments, and making the final submission.


While the modernized registration processes of WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB demand the physical presence of students, there are proactive measures parents can take. Advance planning, leveraging school breaks, and seeking assistance from school authorities or authorized registration centers can facilitate smoother registration. Preparing documents digitally and exploring accommodations for special cases are also viable strategies.

Despite the challenges posed by biometric requirements, strategic coordination and communication between parents, students, and educational institutions can ensure successful registration for these essential exams, thus enabling students to pursue their academic goals effectively.

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