COVID-19: Guidelines for 2020 NABTEB Exams For Schools And Students

As one of the examination bodies that conduct in-school certificate examinations in Nigeria, NABTEB was at the verge of closing its registration of candidates for the May/June 2020 Certificate Examinations when all schools were closed and movement restricted by the Federal Government as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

With the reopening of schools by the Federal Government for the conduct of the in-school Ordinary Level certificate examinations for the exit classes, NABTEB adjusted its time-table and rescheduled its examinations as follows:

NABTEB Releases guidelines for the conduct of 2020 exams

The National Business Certificate (NBC)/National Technical Certificate (NTC) examinations of NABTEB will be conducted at accredited examination centres from Monday, 21st of September to Thursday, 15th of October 2020;

The National Common Entrance Examination will take place on Saturday, 3rd of October, 2020;

Considering that the Federal Government directed that students in exit classes should resume school, prepare and participate in public examinations, including the NBC/NTC examinations of NABTEB, the Board considered it necessary to prepare this document in order to provide basic information on COVID-19 Pandemic as well as provide guidelines for her stakeholders to ensure that the Board’s examinations are conducted under safety environment.

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NABTEB deems it expedient to reach out and create awareness on basic information on the COVID-19 Pandemic among its stakeholders, including:

The major symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • High temperature (fever);
  • Sneezing;
  • Dry cough;
  • Difficulty in breathing;
  • Shivering/shaking (Chills);
  • Body pains;
  • Headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • Loss of smell and taste;
  • Running nose;
  • Catarrh;
  • Fatigue (tiredness).

The following are the modes by which the virus could be contracted:

  • Close contact with an infected person(s) through respiratory droplets
  • Touching contaminated object(s) or surfaces such as tables, chairs, fabrics, writing materials etc.
  • Using contaminated hand(s)/object(s) to touch the eyes, nose or mouth.

Guidelines for Conduct of NABTEB Examinations in the Face of COVID-19

In compliance with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Guidelines on COVID-19 for the conduct of Public Examinations in Nigeria and in line with Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities Reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic closures by the Federal Ministry of Education, the following are essential for the safe conduct of NABTEB Examinations:

  1. Display of sensitization posters in the school premises to create awareness on COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. Availability of running water, soap, alcohol-based sanitizer, infra-red thermometer in schools/examination centres;
  3. Compulsory wearing of Nose/Face Masks;
  4. Daily use of infrared thermometers at the entrance of schools/examination centres for candidates, staff, examination personnel and all other visitors to the school;
  5. Regular and thorough washing of hands with soap under running water or the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the school gate and the entrance of examination halls/classrooms;
  6. Maintenance of social/physical distancing with at least two (2) metres or six (6) feet apart for sitting arrangement which could necessitate the use of additional halls/classrooms;
  7. Prohibition of handshaking, hugging and face touching among candidates, teachers and examination personnel including security officials;
  8. Ensuring availability and use of adequate/well ventilated examination halls/classrooms;
  9. Maintenance of good sanitary habits and cleanliness in all the school toilets;
  10. Provision of First Aid Box;
  11. Availability of a separate classroom to be used as Isolation Room for candidates or examination personnel who show any of the COVID-19 symptoms while contact should be made to the nearest NCDC office;
  12. Establishment of COVID-19 Task Team in all schools to ensure compliance to the guidelines and keeping appropriate records of all health related cases;
  13. Ensuring daily fumigation/decontamination of examination halls/classrooms, laboratories workshops, library and other necessary places to ensure a safe and clean environment.
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Wishing all of us a safe conduct and successful examination!


Prof. (Mrs.) Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe
Registrar/Chief Executive

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