COVID-19: Infected SS3 Student Writes WAEC Exam From Isolation Centre

Abdulhakeem Garba and Akinola Ajibola  
Updated August 19, 2020
A photo taken on August 19, 2020, shows the infected student while writing an examination at the Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin.


A Senior Secondary School student in her final year, infected with COVID-19, is writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Kwara State.

Unlike her colleagues who are present at the respective venues in the state, the patient is taking the examination from an isolation centre where she is being monitored.

Channels Television visited the Kwara State COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin, the state capital on Wednesday.

A photo taken on August 19, 2020, shows the signboard of the Kwara State COVID-19 Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin.


The 16-year-old female student, whose name and school were withheld to avoid stigma, wrote her Agricultural Science paper under close supervision by an official of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The Team Lead/Manager Case Management Team at the centre, Dr Kudirat Oladeji-Lambe, briefed reporters on the health status of the patient.

She said, “She (the patient) is asymptomatic, which means she does not show any symptoms and she’s stable. She is just here to observe her two weeks isolation process.”

This photo taken on August 19, 2020, shows a WAEC examination paper of the infected student at the Infectious Disease Centre in Ilorin.


Oladeji-Lambe confirmed that the patient was mentally and physically fit to write her examinations, adding that she had a contact with a close relative of her who tested positive.

She disclosed that the patient ended up at the isolation centre after she was confirmed positive for COVID-19 through contact tracing.

“The candidate was admitted yesterday (Tuesday). She missed a paper yesterday and we informed the authorities because as child advocates, once she had enrolled for WAEC, the government felt she has the right to write her papers.

“That’s why the state government thought it wise to arrange for her in order not to miss other papers,” said the medical practitioner.

She added, “The state government deemed it fit to arrange for her to have a safe place for her to write the exam without the fear of stigmatisation or risk to other students.”

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Kwara State has confirmed 913 cases of COVID-19, out of which 244 are active with 646 recoveries and 23 fatalities.