COVID-19: Fear looms, mixed reactions persist as WASSCE begins


The West African Senior School Examinations, WASSCE, commences on Monday, 17th August 2020 and this has brought about mixed reactions from parents and teachers as there are claims by state governments that they have made adequate preparations for students who will be taking this examination.

Information gathered have it that state governments say they have fulfilled all the guidelines released by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to prevent the further spread of the pandemic during WASSCE.

However, though some parents expressed satisfaction with the preparations ongoing, some others still say that the state governments are making claims that do not exist and lamented that the coronavirus had become a tool by schools, especially the private schools for exploiting students.

They further stated that the need to provide face masks, personal protective equipment and other non-pharmaceutical items had increased their financial burden.

In Ogun State, words gathered from the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Primary and Tertiary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, had it that all teachers in junior secondary schools were mobilised for the two-week revision for students apart from teachers in senior schools.

Soyombo, also said that all students were given two face masks, and each school had thermometers, running water and buckets for washing of hands.

Though some teachers lamented on Friday, 14 August, 2020, that the promised personal protective equipment for both teachers and students was yet to be made available in schools.

They also pointed that there was no provision of face masks, hand sanitizers, infrared thermometer etc., even social distancing was not being observed in classrooms which had already been arranged for exams.

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