By Bukola Olamona &Kayode Olabanji,Okitipupa
Senior Secondary students in the three (SSS 3) in Ondo state joined their counterparts in the country to sit for the much awaited West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) in compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Our reporter who monitored the exercise reported that most of the schools in Akure metropolis complied with the COVID-19 precautionary measures.
The examination which ordinarily in the past started with practicals, this time around started with Mathematics.
At the schools visited, water dispensers with soap and sanitizers were placed at the entrance of the halls and classes where the students were writing examinations.
Also, most of the schools have the infra- red thermometer for testing temperature, which was administered on the students,teachers and visitors before they gained access to the hall.
Students and teachers also put on face masks, some schools also made customized facemasks for their students.
It was also gathered that the examination started on the scheduled time of 8am.
At African Church Comprehensive High School, Alagbaka , it was 15 students per class to observe the two metre social distance precaution.
Also at Oyemekun Grammar school, St Louis Girls Grammar school, St Peters Unity Secondary School and Eji Oba High School, Oba-Ile, where they used the school halls to accommodate all students and the two metre social distancing was still observed.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Femi Agagu while monitoring the examination, warned Principals of both public and private schools in the state not to be involved in examination malpractices.
He warned that any principal caught involving in malpractices will be dealt with accordingly.
The commissioner expressed satisfaction with what he saw during the commencement of the exam, and attributed it to the preparation put in place before the examination.
“The spacing is very satisfactory, we are happy with what we have seen and the feelers we are getting from our officers monitoring other local governments, things are going on smoothly.”
He also spoke on the issue of the Junior Secondary School 3(JSS 3)examination,saying that since the ministry has crossed the hurdle of the SSS 3, that of JSS 3 will also be a success.
“Since we have conquered this, we will also conquer the other stage, as they are also preparing for exam” he said.
He also disclosed that before the end of the month, JSS 3 students will be back to class.
Among the schools visited were; Oyemekun Grammar School, St Louis Girls Grammar School, St Peters Unity Secondary School, Eji Oba High school, Oba-Ile and Emplace College.
In the same vein, teachers and students in all WAEC centers in Odigbo , Ore and Okitipupa observed compliance with COVID 19 guidelines.
The students, teachers and invigilators were seen putting on their face masks / shield, hand sanitizers and they all maintained physical distancing as directed by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Ministry of Education.
Speaking on the nature of this year’s WAEC Examination , the Principal of Isero Grammar School , Odigbo, Mrs Alana Temitope commended the WAEC management and the NCDC for making this year’s exercise a reality despite the pandemic.
“Most people had lost hope on this year’s WAEC, because they believed it would be postponed till next year but thanked God for the management who dialogued and agreed that the exercise should take place with the laid down rules by NCDC.
The Principal of Odigbo High School , Mr Ojo Abiodun Akindojutimi, applauded the State Government for their intervention towards the fight against COVID 19, adding that the school had been fumigated two weeks before the commencement of the examination.
In a related development as regards examination malpractices, Principal of Sarah College, Okitipupa, Mr Ade Obateru, who spoke with The Hope correspondent, condemned the spate of examination malpractices among students.
Also, at Success Group of Schools, in Okitipupa ,Co – proprietor, Mr Smart Okunade said the act would not allow students to prepare fully for future challenges.
It would be recalled, that about 33,170 students are writing WAEC examination in Ondo State.