The Ghana Education Service (GES) will today hold a meeting with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and relevant stakeholders to decide the fate of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 as the West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is approaching.
The Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, speaking in an interview, said arrangements will definitely be made for students who are currently seeking treatment for COVID-19 at the various health sectors as their exams is due.
According to him, the fact that the students have tested positive for COVID-19 does not mean they will not write their exams.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa disclosed, “Next week, SHS students are starting the examination and what we need is to see who are going to write the examination and how they will write. So that is why I am going to meet WAEC and health experts today.”
He further added that “when a student is sick and is taken to the hospital during an examination, the exams papers are sent to the student to write the examination at the hospital and that is what we are meeting today over the issue”.
According to the GES Director-General, none of the COVID-19 students is in critical conditions so they will be able to write the exams, starting next week with practicals and theory from August 3 to September 5.
However, the final decision that will be taken on the students’ fate will depend on the advice they receive from the health experts after the meeting.
“We want the children to write the examination to improve on their standards and it depends on health advice from the Ghana Health Service. In the era that we did not have the Covid-19, there were instances where CSM and cholera broke out in some schools and if the health experts believe that school should be closed, we have to do that,” he explained.
“Sometimes, some are a disaster which calls for closure and I don’t think we have gotten to a stage where schools must be closed for about 600 students to go home,” he added.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa further assured that the counselling unit of the GES has counselled the students to psych them ahead of the exams.
“We have counselled them. We have a counselling unit for that and we have counselled them because they were home and all of a sudden, they were asked to come to school,” he revealed.