Muslim girls writing WASSCE not to take off veils – WAEC reiterates

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has reiterated a directive barring Muslim girls taking part in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from taking off their veils.

WAEC’s emphasis follows a complaint by a female student of the Galaxy International School that she was asked to take of her veil before she could write the examination.

The student who reported at her examination centre, the St. Peters Mission School in Madina told Joy News’ Michaela Anderson that she was asked to remove her veil when she entered the examination hall.

Her supervisor told her that she could put the veil back on after the examination adding that she was not allowed to enter the hall with her veil on.

According to the student, the supervisor explained to her that WAEC officials had ordered students to take their veils off before they sat for the examination.

But authorities of WAEC say they have given no such directive.

Head of the Ghana National Office of WAEC, Rev. Sam Nii Nmai Ollennu told Joy News that supervisors at the various examination centres have been told to allow candidates write their papers once they have been appropriately identified.

The candidate does not necessarily have to remove the veil before they can be identified, he added.

He cautioned supervisors to adhere to the directive and ensure that the examinations are conducted peacefully.

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