Senior High School students preparing for their West African Senior Secondary School Exams (WASSCE) will have to wait indefinitely as the ravaging coronavirus (Covid-19) has forced the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to suspend this year’s exams indefinitely.
In what is likely set to derail several academic schedules of both students and tertiary institutions they aspire to gain entry into, the WAEC said it had no choice than to comply with containment measures against Covid-19 being implemented in its member states.
A statement released today (March 20, 2020) read: “The negative impact of the novel deadly COVID-19 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…Consequently, the Registrar hereby directs that the WASSCE (SC) 2020 Timetable be suspended until further notice.”
Many West African countries have closed down basic and tertiary schools to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19.
In Ghana, the President ordered the closure of all school after it turned out that parents of some students in basic and secondary schools may have been exposed to the disease and could cause a “wildfire” spread among students. Also, one of the first recorded cases of the disease in Ghana was a female student from the University of Ghana-Legon.
She had travelled to Europe on holidays and had brought the diseases from the wildly spreading disease in Europe.