- The federal government has said more than 30 final year students writing WASSCE have recovered from COVID-19
- The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure at a media briefing in Abuja
- Nwajiuba confirmed that all students have tested negative and are back in classes
Over 30 candidates sitting for the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive for the disease, the federal government has said.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education, revealed this on Monday, August 31, during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, Nigerian Tribune reports.
It was gathered that about two weeks into schools resumption more than 30 final year students sitting for WASSCE tested positive for COVID-19 and had to take their exams from isolation centres.
According to the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), the affected candidates were those who were tested at home and the results of their tests were only forwarded while they were already in school.
Nwajiuba said: “On the number of students who may have contracted the COVID-19, we have confirmed that all of them are back in class. All of them have tested negative and we don’t have any further cases. There were four in Gombe, one in Kwara, 20 in Bayelsa and so on.
“This morning during an inspection of examination classes, I confirmed from the WAEC officials that they have been discharged and are back in classes."
Recall that WAEC had on Monday, August 17, commenced its 2020 SSCE for school candidates across the country under strict coronavirus protocols.
No fewer than 1,550,000 candidates are participating in this year’s examination spread across 19,129 centres nationwide.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Covid-19 caught up with at least 20 students currently writing WASSCE in Bayelsa state.
This was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Inodu Apoku, during a meeting of COVID-19 Task Force at Government House, Yenagoa.
Apoku said the 20 positive cases were among 600 candidates writing the examinations in the state that were screened.
In a similar development, an Akwa Ibom state student writing the ongoing WASSCE tested positive for COVID-19.
The news was announced by Governor Udom Emmanuel at a press briefing on Monday, August 24. He, however, did not name the affected student and school.
Governor Emmanuel said the unidentified student had an asymptomatic situation, adding that he took measures to avoid spreading the disease.
He went on to note that the Akwa Ibom government had begun random testing of secondary school students across the state for the virus.
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