by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The plateau state, while commencing the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), has put every machinery in place (by the federal government) to maintain the necessary “social distancing” as one of COVID-19 several other preventive guidelines, following the directive for the reopening of schools for existing students in the country.
Our correspondent’s visits to some Secondary Schools in Jos metropolis show that all safety protocols were adhered to by the students as well as staffs.
At Government Secondary School West of Mines, Jos, the Principal, Mr Joseph Gimba, said his students were in “high spirits” as they sat for the examination and there were tight supervision as the candidates were writing their papers.
According to him, only 63 students had registered in the school and were sitting for the examination, which started with mathematics.
He said, “We are complying with the COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by the government, and we have provided hand washing facilities, hand sanitisers and even some students came with their personal hand sanitizers.
The Principal stated that, they have ensured that all the safety protocols are adhered to by students and even teachers present.
Also, at St. Louis College Jos, a similar adherence was seen as all the guidelines put in place by the federal government were observed by the students.
Vice-Principal (Academics) of the college, Mrs Peace Egborode, said the college had made all the necessary arrangements to ensure strict adherence to the safety guidelines.
“We have ensured that all safety measures are followed by the 70 students sitting for this examination and even teachers, who are present,” she stated.
It would be recalled that schools in the state reopened on August 4th, 2020, for only exiting classes as directed by the federal government. Students were seen all wearing face-masks and observed the social distancing protocol in the examination halls as they wrote their papers.