The non-profit-making organization (WAEC) following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and administration of the 31st edition of BECE for School has outlined some safety measures to ensure the candidates are safe from Covid-19.
The safety protocols, a staff of the Examinations Council has said will help protect candidates and persons who will be associated with the conduct of the examination including supervisors and invigilators from the deadly virus.
Godfred Addo, the Head of School Examination – WAEC, in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, said the below safety measures have been put in place to ensure smooth conduct of the national examination despite Covid.
1. All supervisors and invigilators will be provided hand gloves to enable them thoroughly search the prospective candidates before the start of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School each day.
2. Alcohol based-hand sanitisers will also be given to invigilators and candidates. Invigilators will be made to wash their hands under running water with soap before the start and after the conduct of the Basic Education examination.
3. To ensure maximum social or physical distancing, each examination room or hall will contain no more than twenty-five (25) candidates depending on the size of a particular classroom.
4. Candidates are to report one (1) hour before the commencement of the WASSCE for School examination, according to the WAEC official, the Examinations Council will not tolerate lateness at the examination centre.
5. The wearing of face masks is mandatory for candidates, invigilators and supervisors. Final year Junior High School (JHS) students without face masks will not be allowed entry into the examination hall.
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 Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has urged the candidates 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,”Mr Yaw advised.