Covid19 Positive student writes WAEC examination from the isolation centre in Gombe state. The Government Science Secondary School Gombe student who is Covid19 Positive took part in the Mathematics exam that was written on Monday, August 17, 2020, according to the Gombe government.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s spokesperson, Ismaila Uba Misilli, said in a statement the Covid19 Positive patient is an exchange student from Kaduna State. He was immediately evacuated for isolation at the state’s specialist hospital after he became Covid19 Positive.
The unnamed student wrote his exam inside his isolation room on Monday with his specially-assigned invigilator decked out in protective gear.
Health and education are a priority in Gombe State.A final year student of GSSS Gombe tested POSITIVE for COVID-19 and was isolated yesterday,today he is writing Mathematics SSCE while ensuring his invigilator is well protected.@NCDCgov @Chikwe_I @Amanafm98_1 @t_taskforce pic.twitter.com/KU04wUa7KF
— Gombe PHEOC (@GombePHEOC) August 17, 2020
“Today he is writing his examinations under the safe condition in the isolation centre with full joint supervision of Ministry of Education, WAEC and Taskforce on COVID-19,” Milli said.
The exam, administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), was first postponed in March after schools were shut down across the country in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
An announcement earlier in July to restart the examinations on August 4 was subsequently withdrawn after the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, raised concerns about the safety of students with the Covid19 still active in many parts of the country. The government announced later in July that schools could reopen for final year students in early August so that the exams could commence on August 17.
Other exams for SSS 3, JSS 3, and Primary 6 students will take place across the country until November, but the resumption date for schools, in general, remains unknown. Since Nigeria detected its first case of the coronavirus in late February, nearly 50,000 cases have been recorded across the country, with nearly 1,000 fatalities, as of August 16.