COVID-19: WAEC Postpones Exam For A Month Over Coronavirus

COVID-19: WAEC Postpones Exam For A Month Over Coronavirus

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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on Friday, March 20, 2020, announced the suspension of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE for school candidates.

This is contained in a statement signed by the council’s head of national office, HNO, Patrick Areghan.

The examination which was earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, has been rescheduled for a later date.

WAEC in its decision said: ”This is as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus and the serious implications it may have on the conduct of the examination coupled with the anxiety it has generated among the populace.

”This decision is in demonstration of the council’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by both the federal and state governments and that of other member countries to check the spread of the disease.

”Consequently, the earlier released time table for the conduct of the examination is hereby suspended until further notice.

”We wish to assure all candidates and their schools as well as all stakeholders and the public at large that the decision will be reviewed as soon as the health situation improves.

”We, therefore, enjoin all school principals presenting candidates for the examination to inform their candidates accordingly.

”A new date for the conduct of the examination will be communicated to schools and all other stakeholders in due course, “the HNO assured.

In another development, the management of the University of Lagos has implored its students and staff to adhere strictly to all recommended safety measures against the dreaded Coronavirus disease.

This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s principal assistant registrar, Communication Unit, Taiwo Oloyede in Lagos on Friday.

Oloyede said that all students of the university had been directed to vacate the hostels latest by 4 p.m on Saturday, March 21, and proceed.

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