Ojoto, Nnobi (Idemili South LGA)-As the long awaited West African Examination Council (WAEC) for Senior Secondary students started on Aug. 17, various schools in Idemili South complied with the stipulated COVID-19 preventive measures.
Responding during an interview at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Nnobi, the Manager, Rev Fr. Michael Uchenna Idoko explained that although the notification to begin the WAEC was sudden, they were well-prepared.
“We were about 90 per cent ready to receive the students. The grasses were well moored and the compound fumigated. We have two functional boreholes, a functional sickbay and an Isolation centre all ready.
“We also have a standby generator to ensure water supply. Every student and staff member was mandated to wear a face shield and a face mask. Hand washing facilities and sanitisers were placed strategically,” he said.
Fr. Idoko noted that the school embarked aggressively on e-learning to prepare the students for their examinations stressing that social distancing was maintained by all.
Also at Community Secondary School, Nnobi the students were also seen writing their Mathematics paper, wearing their face masks and shield. The examination’s seating arrangement was well spaced.
The WAEC Coordinator, Mrs Patricia Obi, who spoke on behalf of the Principal, Mrs Theresa Ebubeogu also explained that government delegates on COVID-19 preventive protocols visited them several times to ensure compliance.
“The students have been receiving their lectures via the internet; those who could not afford Android phones made use of their friends’ phones. We used to also give them take home assignments.
“We thank God that none of our students was a victim of COVID-19 pandemic. We made sure that there is regular hand washing with soap under running water.
“I do not think that absence from school will have adverse effects on the student’s performances since most of them enjoyed making use of the internet with their android phones,” she stressed.
Similarly at James Okigbo Memorial Secondary School, Ojoto was no exceptions as the students were seen in high spirits and grateful to the state government for allowing them to write their WAEC examinations.
According to the Dean of Studies, Mrs Chinonye Uzokwe, who spoke in the absence of the Principal, Mrs Cecilia Oraka that the WAEC examinations this year began without late arrival of question papers.
“My only worry is that the e-learning practiced during the lockdown was recently introduced in Nigerian secondary education system because of the COVID-19 pandemic; it has not ensured effective learning.
“In a normal class setting with eye contact some students have learning difficulty let alone when they are outside the teacher’s supervision. God will help us when WAEC results are released this year,’’ Uzokwe prayed.
The Senior Prefect of the school, Chukwuemeka Okafor expressed gratitude to God for being alive to write his Senior School Certificate examination in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that he prepared well for it.
Source: Anambra State Government