The Sekondi-Takoradi Metro Director of Education, Rev. Mrs Elizabeth Akuoku has said all final year SHS students within his metropolis will be permitted to sit for the 2020 WASSCE for candidates scheduled for August 3.
Rev. Mrs Elizabeth Akuoku said despite some students have tested positive for the locally transmitted coronavirus does not mean they should be exempted from writing the examination.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the GES Council had indicated that candidates who might during the conduct of this year’s WASSCE get infected with COVID-19 will be able to sit for the examination in 2021.
The Chairman of 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”.
However, the Director of Education in an interview on Connect 97.1 FM’s Omanbapa morning show in Takoradi on Monday disclosed that all the students who tested positive have recovered after the two-week isolation period.
“They are all asymptomatic, they have recovered and some have even tested negative so they are all back on campus,” she stated.
“Even those who were contact traced are all well so every candidate is writing the exams,” she added as quoted by 3news.
Rev. Mrs Elizabeth Akuoku advising the prospective candidates urged them to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 preventive protocols and prepare themselves adequately before entering the examination hall.
The Director of Education noted that no third party, including the media, will be allowed entry to the school premises during the exams except when accompanied by the Regional or Metro Monitoring Team.
Collectively, 6,192 candidates representing 3,495 females and 2,697 males are writing the WASSCE in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.