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#1 » by ajebo VIP (β45293) » July 8th, 2020, 10:48 am
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on
Tuesday revealed that about 1, 549, 463million
candidates are expected to write the May/June
2020 West African Senior School Certificate
Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to start first
week of August nationwide and in three countries.


Addressing newsmen in Lagos on the conduct of
the 2020 WASSCE, the Head of the Nigeria National
Office of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said the
examination will now hold between 3rd August
and 5th September, 2020, covering a space of five
weeks.


”There is a novel development in this arrangement
in the sense that the examination would be held
from Monday through Saturday, in order to be
able to achieve the five-week span,” he stated.


According to him, the school candidates
examination was earlier scheduled to hold between
the 6th of April and 5th of June, 2020, but had to
be postponed due to the outbreak of the
Coronavirus pandemic.


He warned the 1,549,463 million candidates and
the 19,129 schools involve in the examination to
make provision for face mask as no candidate will
be allowed into the exam hall without face mask.


Areghan revealed that the candidates are expected
to write 76 subjects consisting of over 200 exam
papers insisted within the five weeks and assured
the candidates that the results will be released
within the stipulated period to enable them use it
for admission.


He said: ”A total of 1,549, 463million candidates
have registered for the diet from 19,129 schools
out of which 786,421 are males and 763,042 are
females. The choice of the period (August 3rd to
September 5th, 2020) for the conduct of the
examination was not arbitrarily set.


WAEC
consulted extensively with the governments of all
the five member countries before arriving at the
period and duration of the examination.


”In deference to the Federal Government of
Nigeria, the five-week arrangement was arrived at
in order to make room for the other examining
bodies to equally conduct their examinations in
good time.


The shortening of the period is also of
advantage in terms of reducing the period of mass
social interaction with its attendant consequences.


”In conducting the examination, we have taken
due cognizance of the various measures/protocols
rolled out by the federal and state governments of
Nigeria, aimed at checking the spread of the
pandemic. We have encapsulated all these
measures in a pamphlet which will be circulated to
all stakeholders for their necessary guidance.

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