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Schools to resume in July for Exams candidates

June 12, 2020

By Mohamed Sesay

The Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, /Emergency Operation Centre, the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs, the Teaching Service Commission, the Sierra Leone Teachers Union, Conference of Principals, National Council of Head Teachers, Association of Private Schools, Civil society  Organizations, the World Bank, DFID, European Union, UNICEF, Caritas, Plan International, Oxfam, Sight  Savers, purposeful  and Teach for Sierra Leone, have reached a consensus for schools to be reopened for  examination candidates come  July 1st, 2020.

According to a press statement issued by the MBSSE, the reopening of schools for examinations candidates ( NPSE, BECE and WASSCE) would be on a scheduled for  candidates taking the WASSCE examination for a total period of six (6) weeks effective 1st July, 2020.

Two weeks would be allotted for preparation for reopening and four weeks of tuition, while examination would be conducted between 4th August-4th September 2020.

It further stated that schools for candidates in the   Basic Education Certificate Examinations BECE would be reopened for a minimum period of eight (8) weeks of tuition effective  1st July ,2020,with examinations conducted for eight (8) days   starting a week    after   WASSCE (tentatively the 14th September 2020).

It continues that examination candidates for the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) would resume their schoolings for a total period of four (4) weeks of classes, effective the 1st July, 2020, with an examination conducted immediately afterward, with a tentative date of the 31st July, 2020.

 “The Emergency Education Taskforce (EET) School Reopening readiness working group will continue to work with partners, school authorities and MBSSE to develop and communicate comprehensive logistical requirements for reopening of schools under these conditions. Schools will reactive their safety protocols which   will be closely adhered to and monitored,” the release states.

It also states that the MBSSE would continue to work in consultation with the National Covid-19 Emergency Response Centre, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other partners to indicate guidelines for the attendance and reopening, including number of students in classroom.

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