The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) postpones the conduct of this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) indefinitely in response to the coronavirus global pandemic and protocols put in place to keep people safe. The foremost examination body for the final evaluation of secondary school students at the end of their secondary education made this known in a press release made available on Friday, 20th March 2020.
Giving the reason WAEC postpones 2020 WASSCE, the Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, was postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Speaking further, Areghan said the timetable for the examination would be reviewed when the Council is sure that thecoronavirus pandemic situation has improved.
Quoting from the statement directly, it reads, “The West African Examinations Council in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020. “This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace. “This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”
A copy of the press release, sighted by SchoolUpdate is presented below:
Candidates, schools, parents, stakeholders and the general public are therefore advised to take note and adjust accordingly. Please share to your friends and those who may benefit from this information to let them also be carried along the situation as WAEC postpones 2020 WASSCE.
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