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COVID-19: WAEC postpones SSCE indefinitely

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Mass failure in English due to shorthand, pidgin— WAEC

The 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) slated to begin on April 6 has been postponed indefinitely over the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) said on Friday.

The Council Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, said in a statement that the timetable for the examination would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

COVID-19 had killed at least 9, 000 people and infected over 200, 000 others in 60 countries including Nigeria since its outbreak in Wuhan, China, last December.

Nigeria has 12 confirmed cases of Coronavirus after four persons tested positive for the disease in Lagos Thursday.

The statement read: “The West African Examinations Council in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.

“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.

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“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”

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