Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Commissioners, Special Advisers on Education, and SUBEB chairmen have reached an agreement to reopen schools, for SS3 students to participate in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) next month.
The six Southwestern States that have agreed to reopen schools for SS3 students to write their final examinations, at a virtual meeting held by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Commissioners, Special Advisers on Education and SUBEB chairmen are; Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.
The above decision by Southwestern states is however, contrary to the agreement reached by Commissioners of Education in 19 Northern States, who resolved that schools should remain shut (in support of federal government decision), in other to ensure that children are safe, considering the spike in cases of COVID-19 across the country.
Recall that Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, (at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Tuesday, 8th of July, 2020), has earlier announced that no school will resume, or participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, earlier scheduled for August 4th to September 5th.
But a statement by the DAWN Commission revealed that all the states in that region, will reopen schools for SS3 students by August 3 with COVID-19 preventive measures in place.
They equally disclosed that the Commission will seek postponement of the WASCE, by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption date, and also, appoint incident managers and classroom wardens in all schools upon resumption.
The Federal Ministry of Education closed all tertiary, secondary and primary schools nationwide, over the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the country earlier in Match, 2020. The indefinite closure is part of measures to contain the spread of the virus among school children.
Well, the above proposed move by DAWN is a welcome development to all the pupils that are involved, but the pressing question is still whether it's right to reopen schools, without adequate facilities that can prevent the spread of the disease.
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