The Minister for Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh widely known as NAPO addressing the press on Tuesday renamed this year’s WASSCE as Ghana exams amid the outbreak of the novel virus.
The forthcoming examination is dubbed Ghana Exams because its a ‘Country Specific Exams’ for only Ghanaian students.
NAPO explained that this has become necessary because countries in the West African sub-region are battling the COVID-19 pandemic and it would be difficult to agree on a common date for writing the examinations.
Over the past years, some countries in the sub region, including; Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia have agreed to allow their students at the secondary school level participate in the WASSCE, which is conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
The Education Minister said the government has consulted the Management of the Ghana West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to set questions for the country since other countries in the sub-regions are still battling the pandemic.
The Examination Council earlier announced the suspension of the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the country due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
The 2020 Ghana Exams is expected to commence from August 3 and ends on September 4, this year following the postponement of the initial date in June.