The former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has stated that the he is happy that the Nigerian government and West African Examination Council body have resolved to shift the date of the examination to 5th September instead of its earlier stand that the government will not open schools even if the students will lose a year at home.
He equally expressed delight that the government is in consultation with school owners and has so far given them deadline to meet the covid-19 protocols in their schools before 29 July.
But a careful look at the statement by the director of information Ben Bem Goong on behalf of the state minister of education Emeka Nwajiuba, the meeting which was conducted between the government and the examination body only yielded the readiness of the both partied to shift the examination's date and note specifically fixing date.
The information even went further to say that both parties will consult the other four African countries on the shifting of the date. This is a clear indication that the date has not yet been fixed because Nigeria and the examination body cannot sideline the other four countries in reaching this important decision.
It will be recalled that the ministry of education has earlier on fixed August 4 to 5th September as the date for the examinations after its meeting with the exams body and the other countries, a decision the ministry has since rebuffed.
The vice president shared the link of the Tribune online newspaper which he read. The online news platform in the first paragraph said "the Federal Government and West African Examination Council have agreed to shift the date of West African Senior School Certificate Examination from the August 4 to September 5, 2020, earlier announced by the Council."
Who ever is conversant with the series of news on school's resumption knows that August 4 to September 5 are the dates stipulated earlier for school's resumption. Also in the same online newspaper, it elaborated that both the Nigerian government and the exam body agree to meet the other four African countries to discuss the new date.
So the reality on ground is that the date for school's resumption is yet to be announced or reached by the African countries that participate in the examination.
The ministry has on Friday call on the school owners to make sure they meet the set guidelines and protocols before 29 July and submit its self assessment to the state ministries for onward transmission and deliberations.
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