NOV/DEC 2020: Muslim Students forced to remove Hijab before Writing Exam

Some candidates taking part in the private WASSCE exam this year were required to remove their hijabs before being permitted on Thursday to write their Social Studies paper. The incident took place at WAEC Heights in Accra.

Univers TV was in the middle and spoke with some of the students affected In the meantime, Mrs. Agnes Teye Cudjoe, the Public Relations Officer of the West African Examinations Council, has told UniversNews that the matter will be investigated by the Council.

Minister for Information and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has addressed concerns over COVID-19 infected students who might miss this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) due to their health state.

According to the Information Minister, the directions from the Ghana Education Service that addresses cases of sickness during the examination period in the past will still apply to COVID-19 infected students.

In an exclusive interview with Kwame Afrifa Mensah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show, he explained, “If you are sick but not bedridden, there are arrangements for you to write. It is not a new policy. But for those who are bedridden, it is obvious that they will be unable to write. However, there may be other options like NovDec.

Also, we have the clemency policy that uses the continuous assessment to grade such a person. So how the law works in any sickness case is what will be used now”.

Earlier this month, the West African Examination Council released a new timetable for the 2020 WASSCE with approval from the Ministry of Education.

The WASSCE began today with Project Work for Visual Arts candidates, while the theory papers will start from August 3, 2020, until September 5, 2020, when the five-week-long examination will be brought to an end with Principles of Cost Accounting and Technical Drawing.


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