The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has stated that Government would ensure that candidates infected with COVID-19 disease, writes the ongoing examinations.
The Head of National Office (HNO), Patrick Areghan made this disclosure on Wednesday during a monitoring visit to Federal Government Boys College, Apo, Abuja, while stressing that no students infected with COVID-19 would miss the examinations.
Areghan urged students who have already contracted the virus, and writing the ongoing examinations not to panic because the virus is not a death sentence.
“I want to assure that anywhere we have COVID-19 candidate, we make sure that he or she writes the examinations. It is not a death sentence, there is no stigma.
“We do do not want anybody to miss the exams, it’s no fault of theirs. We can defeat this virus provided we take the first-line responsibility,” he said.
The HNO, indicated that the examination body would collect the scripts of infected candidates from the isolation centre and keep them in a special bank set aside for that purpose.
He also added that WAEC had been in collaboration with various states’ ministry of education to monitor candidates infected with the virus.
Areghan explain that if candidates is confirmed positive of the virus, the ministry of education and the ministry of health in the state will partner and appoint a medical expert that will conduct the exam for the candidate in the isolation centre.
Recall that EDUCARE NEWS had reported that candidates writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), in Gombe; Kwara; Bayelsa; and Akwa-Ibom were infected the virus.