- SS3 students across Nigeria have started WASSCE under strict COVID-19 protocols
- The examination began on Monday, August 17, across 19,129 centres nationwide
- Demianus Ojijeogu, the head of public affairs of WAEC, however, denied leakage of its Maths paper
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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Monday, August 17, commenced its 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for school candidates across the country under strict coronavirus protocols.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 1,550,000 candidates would be participating in this year’s examination spread across 19,129 centres nationwide.
Legit.ng gathered that the examination body denied leakage of its Mathematics paper.
Vanguard stressed that the head of public affairs of WAEC, Demianus Ojijeogu, said the answers in circulation which were believed to be leaked from the Mathematics subject written Monday, August 13, were fake.
“No, it’s not true. They were fake. Scammers photoshopped past question papers to sway gullible candidates,” he said.
The examination, which was supposed to commence on April 6 to June 5, was suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Unlike in the past, all candidates writing the paper were seen sitting apart from one another in line with the COVID-19 protocol of the federal government.
The newspaper noted that before they began the examination, candidates’ temperatures were taken just as they were applied hand sanitisers and provided face masks before allowed individually into the examination halls.
The examination supervisors also went through similar processes.
It said the measures taken by the various schools in Abuja, were in line with the government’s directive for the commencement of the examination which was shifted from the initially slated dates.
At the Model Secondary School, MSS, Maitama, candidates were all seen in Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) distributed to them prior to the commencement of the examination.
Candidates were made to sit some distances apart from one another even as all were seen wearing face masks.
The school’s principal, Blessing Ezendu, who said the items including hand sanitisers and some handwashing facilities received earlier from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, said the examination candidates in the school were prepared for it.
Ezendu who said a total number of 320 students registered to sit for the examination, said all were in the school ready to write the examination.
NAN discloses that Patrick Areghan, the head of the national office of WAEC, told newsmen during an inspection tour of some centres in Lagos that he was impressed with the level of compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
He said: ”Firstly, let me offer thanks to God that the much-awaited examination for this year, has finally commenced today. As I speak, this examination is going on simultaneously across all member states in the region.
”As you already know we have visited a couple of schools in the state on this first day of the examination and I will like to say I am highly impressed with what I saw on the ground in terms of compliance level by everyone participating in this examination.
”So, if you ask me, I will say I am very impressed with the level of the compliance of the COVID-19 safety protocol and the smooth take-off of the examination.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the management of WAEC denied the occurrence of a fire outbreak at its Nigerian headquarters, Abuja.
It was reported that in a statement released by the council on Thursday, August 6, through its head of public affairs Demianus Ojijeogu, WAEC said contrary to reports in some media its office was not gutted by fire.
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