Six states from the South western states have decided to reopen schools to enable SS 3 student prepare and subsequently participate in the coming WASCE.
This is contrary to the Federal Minister of Education’s position and that of all the 19 northern states of the federation, which is against reopening due to fears caused by the pandemic.
The states that included Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osun agreed on this at the virtual meeting of the developmental agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) commission, Commissioners, Special advisers on education and SUBEB chairmen.
They also came into a consensus on the need to implement an already existing plan to establish an exam body like IJMB in the north. This plan was laid out at a forum in 2016 on creating an enabling environment for a collaborative framework for educational development in south western Nigeria, in Osun state.
At the virtual conference they all agreed to reopen schools for SS 3 students on August 3. This reopening will be done in accordance with the covid 19 guidelines put out by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19.
Also the states have planned to approach WAEC directly to plea for the postponement of the examinations to August 24. They have suggested that WAEC considers the Computer Based Test CBT system of examination in the future.
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