The Information Minister, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says COVID-19 infected students who might miss this year’s examination due to their health status can sit for WASSCE for Private Candidates popularly known as Nov/Dec also conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The Member of Parliament for the Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency, speaking in an interview with Kwame Afrifa Mensah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show monitored by Georgeweb.org indicated that “If you are sick but not bedridden, there are arrangements for you to write. It is not a new policy. But for those who are bedridden, it is obvious that they will be unable to write. However, there may be other options like Nov/Dec”.
The government spokesperson noted that the directions from the Ghana Education Service (GES) that addresses cases of sickness during an examination period will still apply to COVID-19 infected students.
He furthered that “we have the clemency policy that uses the continuous assessment to grade such a person. So how the law works in any sickness case is what will be used now”.
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.
The much-awaited 2020 WASSCE for school candidates commenced today with Project Work for Visual Arts candidates.
The WAEC timetable indicates that the theory papers will start from August 3, 2020, and end on September 5, 2020. The five-week-long examination will be brought to an end with Principles of Cost Accounting and Technical Drawing.