WASSCE: Reps urge Buhari to order partial reopening of schools

The house of representatives during a plenary
Emeh Joy

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

The house-made the call at the plenary on Tuesday after a motion moved by a member, Nnolim Nnaji was unanimously adopted.

The Committee on Basic Education and Services last week Friday faulted the decision made by the Federal Government to suspend its initial plan to partially reopen schools for pupils in their final classes to take external examinations.

Schools have been closed down since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had said in June that the Federal Government in what it called, "safe reopening of schools" had approved the resumption of pupils in graduating classes. This includes Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3.

The government gave some conditions that have to be met for the graduating classes to resume, and that includes providing water in schools for hand-washing. Students and their teachers would also be mandated to wear face masks while observing social distancing.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba later announced during the press briefing by PTF that the 2020 WASSCE would hold between August and September.

However, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu at the end of a meeting held by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday said all federal schools would remain close until it was safe for resumption.

He also urged that state governments that have planned on reopening schools to cancel that.

He further stated that WAEC could not determine the date of school resumption for Nigeria. He alleged that the council went ahead to announce an examination date when the Federal Government was still consulting stakeholders on what to do.

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