FG cannot decide for private, state schools on taking WASSCE - Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba

Minister for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba
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Ernest Sunday

The minister of state for education has declared that it is not the FG's responsibility to decide if students should participate in the forthcoming WAEC examination.

The minister (Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba) maid the statement on Monday, July 13th, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 at the federal capital territory Abuja.

The report is coming after the government stopped unity schools from taking part in the 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Earlier before the minister of education, Adamu Adamu revealed that schools that are under the control of the federal government would not be opening for the WASSCE examination which was supposed to kick-off from August 5th and end on September 5th due to the threatening coronavirus pandemic.

The minister beckoned on the WASSCE management, which is the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to consider suspending examination schemes for the safety of the African children.

He also told the state government to fall in line with the federal order to avoid risking the life of Nigerian children.

According to Nwajuiba, he said that there is no plan to overturn the decision made by the government to stop unity schools in Nigeria from participating in the examination.

Adamu said he is not in the right position to decide what will happen the private schools and the state-owned schools; instead, it is left for the state and sub-nationals to decide on whether to participate or not.

He added that he could not order state governors on what to do regarding the matter.

It appears to me that they understand the same things we’re doing, but we do not want to impose anything on them,” he said.

Adamu latest statement emerged after the President of the members of the National Association of Properties and Private Schools (NAPPS) Yomi Otubela revealed that they would appeal to the government for private schools to participate in the WAEC examination.

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