The National Association of Graduate Teachers has called on government to liaise with the other four West African countries to postpone this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to avert the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect children from contracting it.
According to the association, final year students in both Junior and Secondary schools risk contracting the virus since there are, amongst them, day students who commute to school.
Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, the President of NAGRAT, Angel Carbonu urged government to engage with West African Examination Council (WAEC) member states to change the dates for the May/June exams and allow students to go home.
“Government must negotiate with four other West African countries that conduct WASSCE to change the dates for the exam…We’re suggesting that the WAEC belongs to the member states of West African Council and there are five countries; Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia/ for almost all of the five countries have recorded some cases of coronavirus. And of course, it’s a community council so if the exams were supposed to be taken in May or June, please WAEC will have to shift the exams backwards,” he said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 15 announced a ban on all public gatherings for the next four weeks. He also directed that all universities, SHSs, basic schools be closed down, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
However, final-year JHS and SHS students were exempted from the directive and are to remain in school and adhere to prescribed social distancing protocols while they prepare for their examinations, which begin in May and June 2020, respectively.
Appealing to the President to negotiate with other West African countries to postpone the exams, Mr. Carbonu beseeched government to let the students stay home for the time being until the situation is improved.
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