We expect the WAEC to revise its notes regarding WASSCE and BECE Exam rules and regulations that cover the WASSCE and BECE Exams 2020 examinations.
New WASSCE and BECE Exam rule
Chief among the rules is the compulsory wearing of the nose or face masks to the exam hall and throughout the week.
We expect the examining body to make the breaking of this safety protocol, an exam rule that when broken may be seen as malpractice.
Such malpractices may punishable by some form of sanction such as an arrest or asking the candidate to go out or to isolate the candidate if there is a spare exam hall.
However, due to the need to space out candidates with at most 30 students in each exam hall or even less, chances are that they may not be spare halls to tolerate such students.
This implies students must ensure they have the nose mask with them before leaving home and when they get to the exams centers.
We also expect the government to supply the need disposal PPEs for the candidates to lessen the burden.
If the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service have not factored this into their unplanned cost for the examination, this is the time to start thinking in this direction.
What politicians can do
Since the WASSCE and BECE Exams are in an election year.
We predict that the various parliamentary candidates of the two major political parties will produce and brand PPEs.
PPEs such as nose masks and hand sanitizers with pictures and party logos as donations will be made to students in all constituencies by MP aspirants.
In the past 10 years, they have done this with mathematical sets, pens, and pencils and would surely have to consider this option.
Health officers at each exam centre
We also anticipate that; each exam hall will have one classroom set aside for students who might show symptoms of Coronavirus.
There will also be the need for each exam centre to have at least one health worker at the post for any eventuality.
If there are plans to train invigilators who are teachers to do such a work, there is the need to shelve that option and use professional health workers.
Students who have to travel from their schools in buses to the exams centre with the help of the schools.
Schools must plan ahead and ensure that enough buses are rented for the safe transportation of students.
The practice of parking candidates into one bus will no longer hold in this year due to the COVID-19.
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