WAEC suspends 2020 WASSCE over deadly Covid-19

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The 2020 WASSCE has been suspended until further notice, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) announced on Friday, March 20, 2020.

WAEC in a memorandum dated (Thursday, 19, 2020) and copied to Dailymailgh.com said the suspension is in compliance with the negative impact of the novel COVID-19 pandemic and protocols put in place by government to prevent its spread.

Ghana has shut down all educational institutions – universities, second cycle schools and basic schools – effective Monday, March 16, 2020, president Akufo-Addo announced Sunday evening.

All churches and public gatherings including funerals have been banned in the next four weeks due to the coronavirus disease, according to the president.

“All public gatherings festivals, political rallies, religious events have been suspended for the next four weeks,” Akufo-Addo announced.

President Akufo-Addo noted that private burials are allowed but should just be for a few people.

More than 490,000 candidates were due to write the WASSCE next month April.

According to WAEC, the negative impact of the novel and deadly COVID-l9 pandemic and the subsequent protocols put in place by governments of member countries to prevent the spread of the disease have serious implications for the conduct of WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020 as agreed by the National Offices.

An inter-office memo directing the suspension signed by E.K. Myers, Ag. Head of IED said the proposal from the Secretariat on the need to reschedule WASSCE (SC) 2020 was approved by the Chairman of Council.

“Consequently, the Registrar hereby directs that;

  1. the WASSCE (SC) 2020 Timetable be suspended until further notice;
  2. the conduct of WASSCE (SC) 2020 be put on hold until further notice;
  3. directives (1) and (2) will be reviewed when the health situation improves.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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