Candidates who might during the conduct of this year’s WASSCE for School Candidates get infected with COVID-19 will be able to sit for the examination in 2021, the Chairman of the GES Council has said.
The Chairman of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Council, Mr Michael Nsowah in an interview on Neat FM’s Me Man Nti show monitored by Georgeweb.org indicated that “a candidate who will get infected, test positive for the virus or shows symptoms of the locally transmitted coronavirus during the examination will be isolated”.
Mr Michael Nsowah asked if there is any chance for a candidate who has recovered from the virus be allowed to continue with the examination said; “by that time, other candidates will be done with the examination so recovered COVID-19 candidates can register and sit for the WASSCE in 2021”.
He explained that the government will be depending on the number make arrangement for such candidates to sit for the 2021 WASSCE for school candidates.
The Chairman speaking in the interview said the Ghana Education Service (GES) has liaised with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to ensure that all prospective candidates and persons associated with the conduct of the examination are safe.
He added that adequate measures have been put in place for candidates, invigilators and supervisors to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 preventive protocols.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has scheduled for the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to commence on Monday, July 20, 2020.
Collectively, about 313,837 candidates from various Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country are expected to partake in the 2021 edition of the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
President Akufo-Addo yesterday July 19, 2020 in a statement wished all 2020 WASSCE candidates the best of luck as they prepare to write their final examination.
The Deputy Education Minister Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum on his Facebook timeline said “In trying times like this, I pray that no child is infected with any disease, nor face any challenge, so that they will have the peace of mind to write the exam. I, therefore, advise all the candidates to keep themselves well and follow the COVID-19 Preventive Protocols in the exam halls and beyond. I also advise them to adhere to the examination rules and regulations. With these, success is at the next junction, patiently waiting for them”.
Former Minister for Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, in a Facebook post sighted by Georgeweb.org, wished the first batch of the Free SHS students the best of luck and asked God to bless them for their zeal and sacrifices to sit for the 2020 WASSCE for school candidate under this extraordinarily difficult COVID-19 circumstances.