Online exams amid COVID-19: Public schools will do no such thing - Education Minister

Online exams amid COVID-19: Public schools will do no such thing - Education Minister

- The Minister of Education has revealed that no public school in the country will conduct online exams for its students

- Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to organise online exams for students

- His comments come after the Ghana Institute of Journalism and University of Professional Studies issued a guideline informing their students of the online examinations

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The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has revealed that no public school in the country will conduct online exams for its students.

He said although universities tried the best they could to adapt to the virtual learning due to the closure of schools, there won't be online exams to assess students.

Speaking on GhOne TV, the education minister said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be difficult to organise online exams for students.

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His comments come after the Ghana Institute of Journalism and University of Professional Studies issued a guideline informing their students of the online examinations scheduled for May 26 and May 18, 2020respectively.

"There is no public school that is conducting any exams online," the Minister said while responding to the reaction of students on the proposed online examination.

He added that some universities in rolling out their virtual learning platforms, are doing continuous assessment and the only university that was advanced in that was KNUST.

NAPO added that even for them, their system needs to be assessed first.

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In other news, Education Minister, Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, has hinted that final year senior high school students might do a one-year national service programme if the COVID-19 persists and schools remain closed.

Explaining the need for the programme, Opoku-Prempeh said back in the day, anytime there was a bit of disruption in the academic calendar, the government introduced national service to cater for the disruption and also to keep the students busy.

Speaking on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana and monitored by theghanareport.com, the minister said the government is looking forward to exploring this option should schools remain closed.

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