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WAEC releases timetable for 2020 WASSCE exams

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Following the announcement made by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, that the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will hold between August 4 and September 5, the West African Examination Council has released guidelines for the safe conduct of the examination amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement on Tuesday, Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Patrick Areghan, appealed to state governments and corporate organisations for funds to provide personal protective equipment for officials who would conduct the examination.

“This has certainly raised the supervision fee to be paid to supervisors as well as the provision of Personal Protective Equipment to staff, supervisors and other examination officials. No doubt, all these measures have financial implications, which were not contemplated at the time of drawing up the budget for the conduct of the examination.” Areghan said.

Areghan assured that the Covid-19 safety guidelines of physical distancing, hand washing and wearing of face masks will be strictly followed, “All examination functionaries, including the council’s staff on distribution; supervisors, invigilators, inspectors, candidates and school officials will be required to wear face masks, wash and sanitize their hands daily and throughout the duration of the examination.”, Punch quoted him as saying.

 “In conducting the examination, we have taken due cognisance of the various measures/protocols rolled out by the federal and state governments of Nigeria aimed at checking the spread of the pandemic. Schools must provide wash-hand buckets with running water, soaps, hand sanitizers and thermometer hand-gun to check the temperature of all concerned”. He added.

Areghan further stated that “the final international timetable had been sent to all the WAEC zonal and branch offices for onward dispatch to schools, federal and state ministries of education”. He also urged candidates and schools to avoid any form of examination malpractice.

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