Finally, FG announces new date for WAEC, school resumption

Students sitting for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
Tochi Juliet

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Education on Monday announced a new resumption date for schools saying that secondary schools for exit classes will resume on August 4th.

The resumption date was announced in a statement signed by its Director Press and Public Relations, Ben Ben Goong.

According to Goong, the decision for the resumption was reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, the proprietors of private schools and the Chief Executive of examination bodies.

The Ministry further stated that students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examination, WAEC, which will start on August 17th.

"Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from August 4th, 2020 for exit classes only.

It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from August 4th, 2020 to enable them to prepare for WAEC examinations which will commence on August 17th, 2020.

The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable fast track the preparations for safe reopening.'

He further stated that "Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonize their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education."

Earlier, the education minister Adamu Adamu stated that the government would not go into the risk of reopening schools as the life of Nigerian children is at stake.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday 15 July, Nwajiuba Minister of State for Education said that the government stands with Adamu statement and will communicate an update regarding school resumption if there is one.

Later on, FG said that students who are qualified to write West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) might likely sit for General Certificate Examination (GCE) if it fails to meet up with WAEC timetable.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba during the bi-weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

According to him, this may be an alternative since the WASSCE cannot be rescheduled for any reason.

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