Former president John Mahama is urging all Senior High School (SHS) candidate who will be writing their final examinations from Monday, July 20, to continue to adhere to all laid down Covid-19 protocols.

In a goodwill message to the 313,837 students, the former president said he was also confident of their success as Ghana continues to produce the best WASSCE results in West Africa,

“…and that is why, you, even before stepping into the examination hall, are already our heroes. Nothing can change that,” Mr Mahama said.

Although countries like Nigeria and Kenya have pulled out of the exams for the 2020 academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic, final year students in Ghana were permitted back on campus to prepare for the exams after the President, Akufo-Addo eased certain restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

According to the timetable released by the Ministry of Education, some 60 subjects made up of four core and 56 electives have been made available to the candidates.

The exams which cover the seven programmes offered at senior high schools (SHS), namely, General Arts, General Science, Business, Agricultural Science, Visual Arts, Home Economics, and Technical Skills are expected to last for a period of five weeks.

But acknowledging recent happenings, Mr. Mahama lauded the display of courage by the students to sit for the exams.

“This is certainly not the best of times to sit for an exit examination, but bear in mind that you have made yourself, your parents, and the entire nation proud for your outstanding courage to write at this time.”

Also, “be assured that my prayers and that of over 30 million Ghanaians will stay with you every single day until the examination is over,” the former President concluded.