The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has announced in a media briefing on Monday that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates who tested positive for coronavirus have recovered from the virus.
Recall that Nigerian schools were sealed in March to cap the spread of the virus. As a result, the WASSCE was suspended twice since the national lockdown started due to concerns over the safety of students.
Therefore, at least 33 final year secondary students in four states were reported to have tested positive for the novel disease two weeks after the beginning of the WASSCE. In the first week, 11 students in Gombe and one in Kwara tested positive, while 20 tested positive in Bayelsa, and one Akwa Ibom last week.
“We’ve confirmed that all of them are back in class. They have now been tested negative. We do not have any further cases,” said Nwajiuba.
The minister assured the public that authorities will continue monitoring the students as the exam continues. The candidates have been cleared to rejoin their classmates.
The minister also noted that conversations concerning the full reopening of schools are still ongoing with significant stakeholders. Therefore, there is no set date yet for when other classes will be permitted to resume academic activities.