WAEC: What to anticipate if centres fail to meet COVID-19 protocols

The West Africa examination council on Monday have made a promise that it will observe all the guidelines and protocol put in place to curtail and reduce the spread of Coronavirus among students and it’s staff during the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

Patrick Areghan, The head of the examination council in Nigeria, disclosed this during an interview.

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He said WAEC “would not risk the life of anybody.” He explained that any center that fails to meet the standard requirement for the safe conduct of the examination would be reported to the proper authorities for the penalty.


Meghan ordered on school owners and management of various partaking centers to put all necessary measures in place ahead of the exam.

This is coming exactly one week to the outset of the examination, which has been replaced to kick off on August 17.

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He said; “I don’t think there is any school that will not want to comply with the COVID-19 protocols because I know that the Federal Ministry of Education and the state partners are going round for inspection of facilities.  In fact, the Honourable Minister himself will join them in inspecting schools. This is an issue that is precisely within the purview of the Ministry of Education

“But if we notice any that falls short of intention, we will immediately report to the relevant ministry of education, so that they can raise immediate action because we don’t want to risk the life of anybody.”

The HNO while speaking on the preparedness of WAEC remarked that the agency is prepared.

We will ensure that all our staff wear face masks and provide them with hand sanitizers. There will be buckets with hand washing basins and running water. At various exam centers, we will ensure the two-meters of spacing is maintained. That is why we make it to be at least two supervisors percenter should the number of candidates be more than what a hall could accommodate.”

So we will have those we call ‘chief invigilator’ and two supervisors percenter. So once we do all these, we strongly believe that we are good to go.”

He further declared that the provision of first aid facilities would be the commitment of the participating centers, and compelled them to make available necessary items that could enhance a conducive atmosphere for the examination.

Areghan while speaking on the likely achievement of candidates said it is FALSE to think the students’ performance will be poor this year.

He added that the postponement of the examination from April to August should be regarded as an added advantage to the students.

“Anybody can speculate, but any candidate who is desirous of a good certificate and wants to achieve something in life will study hard. This exam was supposed to be taken in April and even the unscheduled ones were supposed to begin by the end of March. So it is assumed that all learning and revision will have been concluded by March. So, this is just an extension of time for preparation of the exam,” the HNO said, adding that; “So, I don’t see any reason why anybody will say we were not taught this or that.”

He further declared that the examination body would not reduce it’s standard due to the pandemic, and notified the candidates to avoid any form of malpractice before, during, and after the examination.

He was inquired probably the examination body would pay its staff hazard allowance, the HNO said those engaged by WAEC are usually paid for services made, and that the situation would not change now.

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