The West African Examination Council (WAEC) is currently in a quandary over a call by Ghana that it is ready to write the regional exams in June amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ghana is among the five Anglophone countries in West Africa, including Liberia that writes the regional exams for 12th graders. The head of the WAEC Liberia Office, Dale Gboto made the disclosure on Monday, 18th May while speaking to the ‘Truth Breakfast Show’ hosted by Truth FM 96.1 in Paynesville.
It should be noted that All five countries of WAEC – Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Ghana, and Nigeria have upgraded to the West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination for final year students in Senior Secondary School.
However, Mr. Gbotoe discloses that despite the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the Government of Ghana says its students (SS3) are ready to write the WASSCE in June even if other member countries are not prepared in the wake of the global health crisis.
Gbotoe maintained that tests for the WASSCE are prepared by all member countries and no single country can decide when the exams should be administered.
He added that WASSCE can only be administered when students are in the right frame of mind, and not amid a global pandemic characterized by deaths, lockdowns, and closure of schools, coupled with other precautionary measures announced by health authorities.
The Ministry of Education closed schools across the country since March as part of measures to avoid people crowding in public places and thereby spreading the virus.
However, some Liberian educators who gave their opinions on the development during the phone-in session of the show said Liberia should join member countries to administer the exams, warning that allowing one country, in the case of Ghana, to write the exams could send a bad precedent.
WAEC said in a press release the decision is as a result of the negative impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the subsequent protocols being put in place by governments of member countries of WAEC to prevent the spread of the disease.
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