7 Students Writing WASSCE Test Positive for COVID-19
The Government of Gombe State has confirmed that seven students of Government Secondary School, Doma, Gombe, who are writing their West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have tested Positive to the coronavirus disease.
Speaking to news men, the Commissioner for Education, Habib Dahiru, confirmed that the Government had conducted 1,100 tests on the final-year students following their resumption.
Dahiru added that the seven new patients are also candidates writing WASSCE, he said: “We gave preference to students returning from epicenter states like Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and Lagos; those places that have registered high cases of COVID-19. So far we have tested 1,100 cases, out of which the first case from Government Science Secondary School.
“He was immediately evacuated and isolated. He has written his first paper, Mathematics, and he is writing Agricultural Science today. It will be demoralising for him if we don’t allow him to write his exams.
“The Government of Gombe State under the leadership of Governor Inuwa Yahaya said all students found to be positive for the virus should be taken care of. We have identified another set of students. We only got the results yesterday. Seven of them have been found to test positive for the virus. We are making arrangements to evacuate them to isolation center.
“We will not allow them to miss their papers because they tested positive. The testing became easier because the Governor approved N120 million to set up a molecular laboratory. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control has certified it and we have started testing in earnest.
“The samples taken from schools were tested here in Gombe at the molecular lab and results were shared. We went to the school to identify the seven students and keep them aside.”
Recall that the Federal Government had permitted schools to reopen partially on August 4, for students in graduating classes to participate in their exams.