Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has sent his best wishes to students who are expected to sit for this year’s West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Beginning Monday, July 20, 2020, some 313,837 final year Senior High School students will start writing this year’s WASSCE.
The President urged everyone associated with the conduct of the exams including students and teachers to wear face masks in line with the coronavirus safety protocols.
He said face masks “continue to remain our weapons in the fight to defeat covid-19.”
According to him, every Ghanaians acknowledges that education is the key to the future of Ghana.
“We, therefore, must do everything possible, even in the midst of a pandemic, to guarantee the prospects of our youth, protect their potential, and, thereby, help preserve our collective future,” he said.
The Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health held a meeting with the West African Examinations Council on how SHS students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will sit for the 2020 WASSCE for school candidates scheduled for August this year.
The Director-General of GES who disclosed this on Onua TV’s Maakye show monitored by our informant umerah Rapheal on Saturday July 18, 2020, said the meeting will be attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa noted that the fact that they have tested positive for the novel coronavirus does not mean they must not sit for the examination.
“The WASSCE is starting next week and what we need is to see who is going to write the examination and how they will write. So that is why I am going to meet WAEC and health experts today,” he said as quoted by our informant umerah Rapheal
He furthered that “when a candidate is sick and is rushed to the hospital during an examination, the exams papers are sent to the student to write the examination at the hospital and that is what we are meeting today over the issue”.
According to Mr. Godfred Addo, the WAEC Head of school Examinations Administration, the Council has almost finished with the 2020 Wassce timetable for school candidates.
Mr. Godfred Addo speaking in a zoom interview with Samuel Eshun on Happy Morning show monitored by our informant Umerah Rapheal said that the 2020 WASSCE for school candidates will officially start next month which is August 3rd and ends on the first week of September this year.
The Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe in the Zoom interview added that candidates in Ghana will be writing the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in August 3rd but not the Ghana Exams.
She explained that all the five English-speaking West African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, and Liberia have agreed to partake in the annual West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Final year students in senior high schools will sit for his or her final exams on August 3 after six weeks of studies, says the Education Ministry.
Briefing the media on details of the partly reopening of faculties on Tuesday, Education Minister, Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, announced that exams will span across five weeks after the schooling period.
They will be there for tutorial work and revision for 6 weeks, do their West Africa Examination Council, the Ghana exams that we understand will pause weeks,” said. Dr. Opoku-Prempeh stated that the WAEC Ghana office has been consulted to line unique questions for various countries since others within the sub-region are tackling the pandemic and its effects differently.
The Minister also directed that there should be no assemblies, religious activities or any mass gatherings when the faculties re-open.
School with equally be closed to visitors during the stay in period for final year students beat a bid to stop an epidemic within the institutions.
All day students are going to be made to measure in schools’ boarding facilities, Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh said. Schools in Ghana will reopen partly because the country gradually begins to ease restrictions following a weeks-long pack up aimed toward curbing the spread of COVID-19.
In a televised address on May 21, 2020, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced various measures aimed toward easing restrictions.
The president said schools will reopen their doors to final year students scheduled to require their last exams this year.