WASSCE 2020 suspended over COVID-19 outbreak

The 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has been suspended by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) following the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ghana.

In a statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs at WAEC, Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, she said:

“this is in line with the protocols put in place by governments of WAEC member countries to prevent the spread of the virus”.

“A new timetable for the conduct of the examination will be designed and made available to all stakeholders when the health situation improves,” the statement added.

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Suspension on timetable

As a result of the pandemic, the WASSCE 2020 timetable has in effect, also been suspended until further notice.

According to an internal memo by WAEC, the conduct of WASSCE 2020 has also been put on hold for further review when matters relating to the pandemic is put under control.

What about the schools?

As part of efforts to prevent public gatherings, President Akufo-Addo, in his efforts to prevent public gatherings and enhance social distancing as a result of the coronavirus directed all schools to shut down effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

In the president's words, he said:

“All Universities, Senior High Schools, and basic schools, i.e. public and private schools, will be closed Monday, 16th March, 2020, till further notice. The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication, has been tasked to roll out distance learning programmes. However, BECE and WASSCE candidates will be allowed to attend school to prepare for their examinations, but with prescribed social distancing protocols,” the president he said.