COVID-19: Students will perform poorly in WASSCE due to fear & panic- Psychologist

An educationalist and psychologist, Mr. Samuel Richard Ziggah has asserted that students preparing for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will perform poorly due to fear and panic following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The lecturer who teaches at the University of Education Winneba, says the coronavirus pandemic and the recent incidents recorded in secondary schools has affected the students psychologically and if care is not taken, they will perform poorly in their exams.

He told Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that there would be nothing wrong should the government suspend the exams and withdraw Ghanaian students from the exams.

Teaching and learning he noted have been affected after some schools recorded cases.

He said: ”some schools have recorded cases on campuses. This will create fear and panic amongst students and teachers which will also affect them psychologically. We will not lose anything if Ghana withdraws from the exams.”

Meanwhile, the government has set a committee to monitor COVID-19 related issues in our secondary schools.

The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, addressing the press on Thursday said the committee will also “oversee the operations of the regional monitoring teams which are already in place across the various regions.”

“The president has tasked a subcommittee of the COVID-19 Presidential taskforce to be set up to quickly address challenges that may arise in the next eight weeks while final year students are in school.”

He said the committee has also been tasked to “ensure that guidelines of campus quarantine are strictly enforced and any gaps swiftly addressed where incidents are suspected.”

He assured parents the government has put in place all the measures to protect their wards.

“So if you are a parent and you are reading a story online and you are hearing something, we encourage you to call 311 from tomorrow. Dedicated officers are being put there to help connect parents to the schools to validate whether some of the reports are true,” Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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