The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released guidelines for the conduct of the 2020 SSCE examination despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The Head, WAEC Public Affairs, Damian Ojijeogu, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday 7th June.
The statement quoted the Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Patrick Areghan, saying that the examination would hold for a period of five weeks.
“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.
“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.
“Let me assure you and the general public that we shall adhere strictly to social / physical distancing in the examination halls by making sure that candidates sit two (2) metres apart.
This means that many more classrooms will be used and many more supervisors and invigilators will be required to 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 stated.
Areghan therefore, appealed to federal and state authorities to help in providing personal protective equipment for WAEC personnels ahead of the examination which starts first week in August.
Speaking about the timetable for the examination 2020 SSCE examination, Areghan said:
“The Final International Timetable has been sent to all the WAEC Zonal and Branch Offices for onward dispatch to schools and Federal and State Ministries of Education.”
The PUNCH further learnt that the timetable is undergoing conversion from the West African time to Nigerian time.