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FG: WAEC AND NECO postponement indefinite

Tochi Juliet

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba the Minister of State for Education while addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja over the virus said the postponement of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) remain indefinite.

He also recalled that the Ministry of Education had in March shut tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools in the country as precautionary measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The Minister further noted that the Federal Government would communicate a new resumption date to all stakeholders.

“As you are aware, we have announced that WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed. This postponement at the moment is indefinite.

"As soon as we arrive at a definite time, we will recommunicate that. We will also be looking at what we will do for schools to reopen. As you will recall, we asked that schools vacate in the late part of March as soon as this broke.

"Now, it will be a coordinated effort among all the states because the lockdown in various parts will definitely affect how students go to school or not or how teachers come to school or not. So it goes with that saying that nobody can reopen schools now except we coordinate all of that effort.”

He pleaded with the parents to cooperate as regards the online services that will be rendered to students in this lockdown period.

According to him, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had directed the Ministry through the Directorate of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enable students to learn online.

Nwajiuba explained that his Ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information plans to transmit educational contents to Nigerians.

He further notes that about 14 or 15 states in the country, including Lagos and Anambra, run some educational contents to carry students along.

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