As COVID-19 continues to spread… NPSE, BECE exams postponed

The government of Sierra Leone has through the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education announced the immediate postponement of the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to July this year.

The rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus disease in the country led to the postponement of the exams. Sierra Leone has so far recorded 82 cumulative cases of the virus with ten (10) recoveries and three (3) deaths.

The NPSE was schedule to be conducted on the first Saturday of May, whilst BECE was to be taken sometime in June this year.

A release from the ministry stated that the decision was after consultation between the ministry, education stakeholders, development partners and the national health advisory agencies.

“Both exams have now been pushed to July 2020. Specific schedules or any further changes including school reopening timelines will be communicated by the ministry in a timely manner,” the release stated.

Because they prioritize the health and safety of the children and teachers of Sierra Leone, the ministry said they will continue to monitor status of the National Advisory Committee on the Coronavirus disease pandemic.

To further support continued safe learning at home during this period of school closures, the education ministry and its partners will intensify distance learning programs.

“The newly formed MBSSE Education Emergency Taskforce through one of its pillars- the School Reopening Preparedness Pillar, will develop appropriate frameworks and guidelines for examination preparedness for safe reopening of schools,” the release disclosed.

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Dr. Moinina David Sengeh

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