WASSCE: Students may sit for GCE instead - FG

Minister for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba
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Tochi Juliet

The Nigerian Government, on Thursday, has said that students who are qualified to write West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) may 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.

The Minister, however, noted that if Nigeria was able to meet up with the WAEC timetable, there was already a negotiated timeline to move local language subjects such as Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa behind to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subjects at the same time.

“Should Nigeria be able to meet up with the WAEC timetable, there is already a negotiated timeline to move local language subjects such as Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa behind to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subjects at the same time.

WAEC, unfortunately, is unable to move the examination wholesomely. Still, we have also worked out a negotiated timeline with WAEC on what we call peculiar Nigerian subjects which in the language of WAEC are subjects that are only held in Nigeria such as Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba.

The Ghanaians will take examinations peculiar to them. But they are all in the first part of the time table. So, we will work out a domestication module that will take our peculiar subjects behind after we have done general subjects.”

He further said "This will buy us the time we need for all of us to be at par with the rest of West Africa and operating at the same time because the unanimity with which WAEC has always worked is still essential to us.

Nigeria is not moving away from it; the option would have been to go to November to take the GCE external exams. Nigeria is carefully studying that if in the event everything fails, we may go to that way.”

The GCE is a private examination which is only offered in November, and the results are available by December.

The Nigerian Government which initially talked about reopening of schools later reversed its earlier announcement.

It also said no Nigerian school would participate in the WASSCE earlier scheduled from August 5 to September 5.

The decision was made to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students who usually gather in large numbers during the yearly examination.

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