House of Rep Tells Buhari To Reopen School

The House of Representatives has asked the President, Muhammadu Buhari to order a partial reopening of schools to enable pupils sit for 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

In a plenary session in the House on Tuesday, the motion moved by a member, Nnolim  Nnaji, was unanimously adopted.

The Reps Committee on Basic Education and Services, on Friday, last week faulted the decision by the Federal Government to put on hold it initial plan to reopen schools for certification/exit student to participate in WASSCE.

The Committee condemned the decision to exempt Nigeria students from sitting for the 2019/2020 WASSCE that is to be conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

In June, the Presidential Tax Force (PTF) on COVID-19 during a briefing by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba approved the reopening of schools for students in graduating classes, which include; (SS3, JSS3 and Primary 6).

The government stipulated that COVID-19 protocols and preventive measures must be provided in schools, like sanitisers, face mask, while also observing social/physical distancing.

However, in a twist of event, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, at the end of a virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council ( FEC),  presided over by the President last week Wednesday stated that all Federal Government owned schools would remain close until it is safe to reopen them.

The Minister also called on State Government who had announced school resumption to reverse their decision.

Adamu added that WAEC could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria, saying that the Federal Government would prefer to forfeit the 2019/2020 academic session.


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