July 30, 2020 at 7:59 am #1680FREEFLEXKeymaster
Its no news that schools all over Nigeria were ordered to shut down in March as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. It would be recalled that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday, July 6, announced that schools under the control of the federal government would not be reopened for the forthcoming WAEC exams. The decision generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians, including lawmakers, religious and community leaders. Nevertheless, the minister insisted that WAEC could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria. It was reported that the minister was under pressure from the regional examination.
The Nigerian government has made U-turn on this earlier decision regarding participation in the forthcoming West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).the unanimous decisions was reached on the 26th of july at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies. The move, according to the government, is to enable the students to prepare for the WASSCE which starts on Monday, August 17. That means the students will have two weeks to prepare for the WASSCE examination.
It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020. it was He acknowledged that the resumption of schools would help in the take-off of academic activities, starting with SS3 students and later other categories of pupils. He said members had the guidelines on safety released by the Federal Government and were working to meet them.
It was also disclosed that another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates.