Federal Government Makes U-Turn On School Reopening
Suspend Government Schools From Participating In WASSCE
The Federal Government has made a U-turn on its earlier decision to reopen schools’ across the country for categories of students (SS3, JSS3, and Primary 6) preparing to write certification/exit exams.
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, had on Monday announced that the WASSCE exams will commence on August 4-September 5, 2020.
However, in a dramatic twist of event, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, at the end of the virtual executive meeting on Tuesday, which was presided by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, stated that schools under the control of the Federal Government will not participate in the examination.
He appealed to State Government who have announce school’s resumption to reconsider it.
“I appeal to State Government that have announced schools’ resumption to reconsider it, i think it’s not safe. Let’s protect our children,” he said.
Adamu maintained that the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), could not determine date for Nigeria students, adding that the federal government prefer that the students lose an academic year than to be expose to health dangers.
He also appeal to WAEC to reschedule the examination because of the ravaging COVID-19 Pandemic
It would be recalled that some states like Ekiti and Oyo have already reopen schools for students preparing for exit and certification exams, while Lagos had announced August 4th for school reopening for the same category of students.