The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) says hand sanitisers and nose masks will be distributed to all the 2021 BECE candidates at their respective examination centres.
The spokeswoman for the non-profit-making organization, Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe speaking to the media on Friday said her outfit has put in place measures to ensure the final year students are protected from the deadly virus.
“All coronavirus (Covid-19) safety protocols would be observed during the conduct of the national examination scheduled to commence from Monday, November 15, and end on Friday, November 19,” She stated.
Asked what measures have been put in place if a candidate contracts the locally transmitted disease or fall sick in the course of the examination, Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said a committee will look into the situation and make a decision.
“Should a candidate fall sick and a medical report is available, a committee will look into the situation and make a decision. They will be given hand sanitisers and nose masks to protect them from the virus,” the WAEC official noted.
A total of 571,894 students from over 18,000 public and private Junior High Schools (JHSs) across the country from Monday, November 15, 2021, to Friday, November 19, 2021, will sit for the 2021 BECE for School Candidates.
The final year Junior High School (JHS) students have been advised by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to desist from any form of examination malpractice that could lead to the cancellation of some or their entire subject results.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education has also urged them to focus on the examination, learn their books and eschew all forms of examination negligence as they write their first paper on Monday, November 15.
“Do not be influenced by anybody who intends to enter the exams hall with foreign materials but rather pay attention to the lessons being given to you by the teachers on how to answer questions in the three subjects,” he advised.
The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has created the free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme and this is the greatest opportunity presented to your generation
I pray for you and I seek God’s guidance and wisdom for you throughout the exams and I just want you to know that as Minister of Education, you have my support,” the Minister in charge of Education assured the final year students.