The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday mentioned it is going to price over N50 million to supply facemasks and hand sanitizers for its 23,250 staff who will supervise the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which begins on August 3.
Head of its National Office, Mr Patrick Areghan, who addressed reporters in Lagos, sought assist from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, state governments, and others.
He mentioned: “There are many well-spirited people donating face masks and hand sanitizers. That is what we’re asking for.
“Even if we’re going to give just one washable/reusable face masks and one bottle of hand sanitizer to each employee and supervisor, that won’t price us lower than N50 million.
“And if we make it two per employee and supervisor, that won’t price us lower than N100 million. A committee has already labored on it; these usually are not simply fictitious figures. We have even executed negotiations with some firms.”
Areghan mentioned the council would spend extra to have interaction twice the quantity of supervisors it will have wanted in regular instances.
“We used to have one supervisor to 299 candidates. But now we’re going to have one supervisor to about 150 candidates with the intention to preserve social or bodily distancing. All these have price implications.
“For instance, we’re going to interact 23,250 supervisors fairly than 10,667. That is lots of cash,” he mentioned. Areghan mentioned WAEC would adhere strictly to social/bodily distancing within the examination halls by ensuring that candidates sit two metres aside.
He mentioned 1,549,463 SS3 candidates have been registered to take the examination in 19,129 faculties nationwide on Mondays to Saturdays from August Three to September 5.
A Methodist Bishop and President of Vision Africa International, Dr. Sunday Onuoha, has cautioned federal and state governments to offer most consideration to security measures earlier than reopening faculties.
He mentioned the faculties reopening might endanger the well being of harmless youngsters and trigger an increase in deaths.
Ohuoha, who spoke in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, famous that since Coronavirus remains to be spreading quickly, there’s a have to jettison the reopening of faculties for now as pupils and their households could also be uncovered to the contagious virus.