- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WAEC has made the wearing of face masks compulsory for all candidates
- Patrick Areghan, the head of national office of WAEC made the disclosure at a media briefing
- Areghan said WAEC would strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines stipulated by the government
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates preparing to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) will be mandated to wear face masks when the exam commences on August 3.
Patrick Areghan, the head of national office of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday, July 7, made the disclosure at a news conference held at the examination’s body headquarters in Yaba, Lagos, The Tribune reported.
He said writing the examination during the COVID-19 pandemic would pose challenges due to the large number of candidates taking part in the exams.
Areghan stated that WAEC would strictly follow the COVID-19 guidelines stipulated by the government to protect everyone participating in the examination.
He said physical distancing and the wearing of face masks would by maintained by everyone at the exam venues.
The official stated that soaps, sanitisers, and a thermometer would be provided by schools at exam centres.
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced that the 2020 WASSCE would commence on August 4.
Channels TV reported that this was made known on Monday, July 6, in Abuja, by the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the examinations would start on August 4 and end on September 5, urging the general public to take note of the announcement.
He said: “From the 4th of August to the 5th of September, please take note. Last week the chairman of the PTF announced that school facilities will be available for those who want to go into revision classes."
According to him, the ministry would publish the local timings for the examinations after a meeting with authorities of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), among other stakeholders.
In another report, the president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Innocent Ujah, has said that Nigerians should not wait until bodies litter the streets before they obey COVID-19 guidelines.
The Cable reported that he said the gap in sensitisation is the reason some Nigerians think COVID-19 is a hoax.
Legit.ng gathered that Ujah said more sensitisation should be carried out to inform citizens about the virus. Nigeria has so far recorded 29,286 cases of COVID-19.
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