In order to allow registered students to sit for the various public examinations, Sierra Leone has decided to temporarily reopen schools in July.
So as to curb the spread of the virus in the schools, the country has set an Emergency Education Taskforce that will be responsible to handle the logistical requirements ahead of the planned reopening.
The statement released in the capital city, Freetown, by the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MoBSSE) said that the reopening date of schools has been fixed for July 1. It added that the schools will remain open for six weeks so that students can prepare for and do the exams.
Three public examinations will be conducted within the period of six weeks namely- the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSEC), the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and National Primary School Examinations (NPSE). All three exams are conducted at a regional level by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Schools in the West African country was shut down on March 31.