Following the controversies surrounding the resumption of schools for students to write their various Senior School Certificate Examination, the six South-West states have indicated readiness to reopen schools for pupils in order for students to sit for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.
This decision was agreed upon following a visual meeting held on Tuesday by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria otherwise called DAWN Commission in collaboration with the forum of South-West education commissioners, special advisers on education and the State Universal Basic Education Board chairmen.
The need for the decision was necessitated as The Federal Government had on July 8 developed a cold feet over it's decision to reopen schools only a day after they have announced that schools will be open on July 8th.
A statement was made available to journalists, on Wednesday, by the Director-General of the Commission, Seye Oyeleye, the statement Declares that“The Forum, after careful deliberations, considering peculiarities of each state and options available reached a consensus on the subject matters and have decided that: On WAEC examinations; State Commissioners for Education have signified readiness to sit students for the 2019/2020 WAEC examinations.
“At the least, August 3rd, resumption for final year SSS3 students, states should approach the Federal Government at the first instance seeking the postponement of the WAEC exam by at least three weeks from proposed resumption. At the second instance states should directly approach WAEC to seek for an extension of the WAEC Examinations to week commencing August 24.
“All schools, when reopening should have in place incident managers and classroom wardens for every school and every classroom. The designation of the Quality Assurance Department for each state to issue a Safety Compliance Certificate to each school before reopening.”
Many people feel The Federal government should take education in the country very seriously and see to it that measures are adopted for students to write examination safely instead of suggesting student should defer the examination, or wanting to be at logger head with WAEC by suggesting The West African Examination Council cannot state when school should resume in the country.
Many people even feel that the Government are not giving education much concern, as they wonder why is is safe for election to be held in Edo State while they frown at student writing exam.
Do you think the Federal government are showing a lack of seriousness towards education in Nigeria?
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