No fewer than seven students writing the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Gombe State have tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus disease.
This was disclosed by Habu Dahiru, the state Commissioner for Education, on Wednesday, noting that a total of 1,100 students were tested for the virus disease.
According to Dahiru, the state Governor, Inuwa Yahaya gave a directive that all students found to be positive for the virus “should be taken care of”.
“We gave preference to students returning from epicentre states like Kaduna, Kano, Yobe and Lagos; those places that have registered high cases of COVID-19. So far, we have tested 1,100 cases, out of which the first case from Government Science Secondary School,” said the health commissioner.
“He was immediately evacuated and isolated. He has written his first paper, Mathematics, and he is writing Agricultural Science today. It will be demoralising for him if we don’t allow him to write his exams.
“The government of Gombe state under the leadership of governor Inuwa Yahaya said all students found to be positive for the virus should be taken care of.
“We have identified another set of students. We only got the results yesterday. Seven of them have been found to test positive for the virus. We are making arrangements to evacuate them to the isolation centre.
“We will not allow them to miss their papers because they tested positive. The testing became easier because the governor approved N120 million to establish a molecular laboratory. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has certified it and we have started testing in earnest.
“The samples taken from schools were tested here in Gombe at the molecular lab and results were shared. We quickly went to the school to identify the seven students and kept them aside.”
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