‘COVID-19 Not A Death Sentence’ – WAEC tells applicants with Coronavirus infections

'COVID-19 Not A Death Sentence' – WAEC tells applicants with Coronavirus infections

‘COVID-19 Not A Death Sentence’ – WAEC tells applicants with Coronavirus infections

The West African Examination Board (WAEC), Chief Patrick Areghan, called for COVID-19 infected candidates not to panic in their ongoing exams stating: “The virus is not the death penalty.”

Areghan, who made this known at the end of a monitoring visit to Federal Government Boys College, Apo, on Wednesday, Abuja said no student infected with COVID-19 would miss the exams.

“I want to assure you and the Nigerians 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 don’t want anybody to miss the exams. It’s no fault of theirs. We can defeat this disease provided we take first line responsibility,” he said.

The WAEC head of the Nigeria National Office said that the council collaborated with many ministries of education in Nigeria to search for candidates infected with the virus.

According to him, when this occurs, the education ministry and the health ministry of the state shall meet and bring a medical expert to the candidate’s examination.

Such a applicant will write exams at the isolation centre, Areghan says.

He added that afterwards the council was to go to the isolation center and gather the script that had been deposited into a special deposit.

“Yesterday we heard stories about some candidates contracting the disease in one state, we quickly got in touch with our officer and he said he was not aware.

“We ask him to get in touch with the commission and the commission said that there was nothing like that.

“Yes we are aware that in Gombe, there was one candidate who wrote the examinations for about two days or so and I learnt that the candidate had been discharged from the isolation center,” he said.

He reported that in Kwara, and then in Bayelsa, the council had also heard about one, which they had also carried out massive tests before the examination began.

“The results have just come out and that the candidates infected have been isolated and we are conducting the examination for them.

“I want to assure you and the Nigerians that anywhere we have COVID-19 candidate, we make sure that he or she writes the examination. It is not a death sentence, there is no stigma,” he said.

Areghan refuted the allegations in allegedly leaked review papers that there was no proof of fact.

“As I speak with you, no single examination paper was leaked. WAEC does not experience anything called leakage anymore since 1977.

“What has been happening is that some so called supervisors who the Ministry of Education repose confidence in selecting men and women of integrity and send them to us to be engaged as supervisor,’’ he said

He added that some frustrated supervisors answered questions, snapped them and put them in approved WhatsApp groups for their colleagues.

Those, he said, are the bosses who are the bad eggs in the system and they have got to be picked up on the deck.

He commended therefore the students for their understanding during the review of COVID-19 protocols.

Furthermore the Principal Federal Government Boys College Apo, Mr Hussain Adbullahi, said that the students comply with the protocols of thorough hand cleaning, sanitizing and temperature control.

He called on the Education Ministry to ensure the exam supervisors had been sent.


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