– Twenty students writing WASSCE in Bayelsa have contracted Covid-19
– The development was disclosed by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Inodu Apoku
– WAEC has, however, called on the infected WASSCE candidate not to panic
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Covid-19 has caught up with at least 20 students currently writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Bayelsa state.
The Nation reports that 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.
Legit.ng gathers that Apoku said the 20 positive cases were among 600 candidates writing the examinations in the state that were screened.
However, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has called on WASSCE candidates infected with the COVID-19 not to panic, saying “the virus is not a death sentence”.
The head of the examination council in Nigeria, Patrick Areghan, who stated this on Wednesday at the end of a monitoring visit to the Federal Government Boys College, Apo, Abuja.
“I want to assure you and the Nigerians that anywhere we have COVID-19 candidate, we make sure that he or she writes the examinations. It is not a death sentence, there is no stigma.
“We don’t want anybody to miss the exams. It’s no fault of theirs. We can defeat this disease provided we take first-line responsibility,” he said.
In a similar development, seven students who are from Government Girls’ College, Doma, Gombe state have contracted COVID-19.
The students tested positive for the infection after the government carried out tests on the final-year students following their resumption.
The commissioner for education, Habu Dahiru, revealed this on Wednesday, August 19. Dahiru went on to note that the seven new patients are also candidates writing the WASSCE.
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.
The examination body denied leakage of its Mathematics paper. The head of public affairs of WAEC, Demianus Ojijeogu, said the answers in circulation which were believed to be leaked from the Mathematics subject written Monday, August 13, were fake.
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