… stakeholders’ to support body, students
By Elizabeth Osayande
As the management of West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, Nigeria, concludes to conduct the 2020 nationwide WAEC examinations, August 3rd to September 5th, stakeholders have been called upon to support the practice morally and financially.
The West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, (WASSCE), which was earlier scheduled to hold April 6th to June 5th, 2020, management said, was put on hold following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Head, Nigeria National Office, HNO, Mr Patrick Areghan, who disclosed that the body is expanding huge resources to conduct the examination at a period of the pandemic, the financial implications in conducting WASSEC during an pandemic is a huge one, as the body was poised to complying strictly with directives of the federal and state governments measures at curtailing the spread of Covid-19.
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The HNO disclosed this at the WAEC national office in Yaba, while intimating that the examinations will cover a space of five (5) weeks and would hold from Monday through Saturday, in order to be able to achieve the five-week span.
Areghan said a total of One million five hundred and forty-nine thousand four hundred and sixty three (1,549, 463) candidates from 19,129 schools out of which 786,421 are males and 763,042 are females have been registered for the examinations.
In view of the huge financial implications, Areghan had appealed to stakeholders to render financial support to the body by providing the necessary resources such as personal protective equipment for the examination officers.
The appeal to governments at various levels, Multi-National Companies, Corporate Organizations and philanthropic individuals, is expected in form of essential PPE, so that all examination functionaries will be well kitted to avoid further spread of the disease.
The required PPE, Areghan said, can be donated to the WAEC zonal offices across the Federation, while escalating their challenge to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 and to humbly request for any possible assistance during the conduct .
He also warned candidates against any form of misconduct or malpractice during the conducted of WASSCE, including the patronizing of dubious websites with claim of having the questions.
In addition, he promised that schools and candidates will be monitored to comply strictly to measures recommended against Covid-19.