WAEC postpones 2020 WASSCE indefinitely to curtail spread of COVID-19


Opeyemi Adelere

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has postponed its 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) indefinitely over the outbreak of Corona Virus in Nigeria.

The council’s Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan, disclosed this on Friday.

Areghan, in a statement, said that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, in member countries, was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.

“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.

“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”

The WAEC Head of National Office in Nigeria said the timetable for the examination had been suspended and would be reviewed once the health situation improves.

The Federal Government had ordered the closure of all tertiary institutions and unity schools across the country on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has said that more tests were still being carried out on new cases of the pandemic, adding, “We have a combination of imported cases and local transmission. The Executive of Lagos State is meeting on the next stage of social distancing.

“The best way to slow the rate is to halt the movement of the virus from person to person,” he said.