The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria has postponed its 2020 April/May West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020. Other four-member countries of WAEC including Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia have also postponed theirs.
This development is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly coronavirus pandemic and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the exam for school candidates, 2020 should it be held and coupled with the anxieties it has already generated globally
The Head of National Office of the examination body in Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan, gave this hint on Friday in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Lagos.
This decision, he pointed out, is a demonstration of WAEC’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and various state governments in the country and that of other WAEC member countries to check the spread of the deadly disease
Areghan, who assumed office early this month, noted that by this postponement, the earlier released timetable for the examination has forthwith suspended until further notice, and assured all concerned persons, especially candidates and schools that the decision would be reviewed once the coronavirus issue eased out in the country.
“So, we enjoin all school principals presenting candidates for the examination to please inform their candidates accordingly as a new date for the examination would be communicated in due course,” he said.