All final year students who have tested positive for the locally transmitted COVID-19 and are asymptomatic will partake in the ongoing 2020 WASSCE for School Candidates, Deputy Education Minister has clarified.
According to Gifty Twum Ampofo, such candidates will be writing their examinations in isolation with strict coronavirus protocols but those who are critically ill will be exempted from writing the exams.
The Deputy Education Minister, speaking with GhanaWeb said “those who are asymptomatic will write the exams unless the person is so ill but most of them are asymptomatic. They are just not mingling with other people. Apart from that everything is normal. Asymptomatic students will be given a different place to write the exams and for those who are very ill and won’t be able to take part in the exams. Today is elective and this is tactical. It is not every school that is writing today’s exams.”
The Member of Parliament urged parents not to be alarmed if their wards are in isolation. She explained that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and schools long before the presence of the novel coronavirus have measures put in place to address issues of candidates who are critically ill.
“We have been writing exams for years and we find student who are ill. We mention the COVID as if no child has ever been sick during exams before…so certain illnesses have been with us and there are certain measure put in place for students who are ill and has been there for WAEC and the schools for all these years. But there are special forms we fill for student who for some reasons can’t write a paper or two. So those are no issues we should worry too much about. Perhaps we have to let parents know it’s not going to affect their future too much.” She added.
Meanwhile, 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.