Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has sent a message of goodwill to candidates writing the 2020 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Mayor who extended his best wishes to the candidates on Monday when he toured the WASSCE centres in the Accra Metropolis also admonished the candidates to continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols by washing their hands frequently with soap under running water, using alcohol-based sanitizers, wearing a nose mask at all times as well as ensuring some reasonable distance.
Accompanied by the Metro Director of Education, Stephen Abamfo and other officials from the Assembly, the Mayor visited the Accra Wesley Girls' High School, Accra Academy, Sacred Heart Technical Institute and the Holy Trinity Cathedral Senior High School (HOTCASS), where 487, 672, 286 and 402 candidates respectively are writing the examination.
" I am here on behalf of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to wish all of you well in your examination, the nation is solidly behind you... We want you to become shining examples as well as productive in future, we are hopeful you will all pass." the Mayor told the candidates.
Mayor Sowah also commended the school authorities for ensuring that candidates and invigilators were in strict compliance with the COVID- 19 protocols and urged candidates to mask up at all times even when they leave the school premises.
"Do not drop your nose masks, they are supposed to cover nose and mouth and prevent you from either spreading or contracting the virus. Do not drop your guard, " he said. At all the centres visited there were Veronica buckets on display, dedicated officers checking the temperature of students' as well as COVID-19 protocol notices placed at vantage points.
The West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) which is expected last for the next five weeks began on July 20, 2020, with Project Work for Visual Arts candidates, while the theory papers started today August 3, 2020.
In all, 60 subjects, made up of four core and 56 elective subjects, are to be written by three hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty-seven (313,837) final year Senior High School(SHS) students, across the country.
The subjects cover the seven (7) programmes offered at SHS, namely, General Arts, General Science, Business, Agricultural Science, Visual Arts, Home Economics and Technical Skills.