The Government of Bayelsa State has disclosed that twenty students writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the state have contracted COVID-19.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health,Dr. Inodu Apoku during a meeting of COVID-19 Task Force in Government House, Yenogoa.
Apoku hinted that the twenty positive cases were among six hundred candidates writing the examinations in the state that were screened.
EDUCARE NEWS had reported that seven students in Government Girls’ College, Doma, Gombe state contracted the coronavirus disease.
The Commissioner for Education, Habu Dahiru confirmed on Wednesday, August 19, that the students tested positive for the infection after the Government test were conducted on the final year student following their resumption.
However, WAEC has called on the students infected with the virus not to panic, stressing “the virus is not a death sentence.”
Recall that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had on August 17 commenced the 2020 SSCE for schools across the country under strict COVID-19 guidelines.
Not less than 1,550,000 candidates are participating in the examinations, spread across 19,129 centres in Nigeria.