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How Can Elections Hold, Yet Students Cannot Take WAEC Exams?

It is no news that the federal government was considering that students anticipating to take the 2020 WASSCE may have to wait for another academic year due to the ongoing pandemic. This news stirred a lot of controversies, particularly from students who had already taken the JAMB exam and were hoping to gain admission into the university this year.

While this is going on, it is also a fact of common knowledge that some states in Nigeria are making plans to conduct elections into political offices. For instance, Edo State.

Now this begs the question, how can elections be allowed to take place, yet students are not allowed to take their WAEC exams?

In addressing this issue, a non-governmental organisation, OpenFees, based in Abuja has said that there is no reason why Nigerian students should not be allowed to take the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

The group is of the view that if the country can provide the requirements to conduct elections despite the COVID-19 pandemic, then they should not stop students from sitting WASSCE.

The group released a statement on Sunday by it's Portfolio Coordinator, Stephanie Ronald, titled, "WASSCE: If You Can Hold Elections, Students Can Take Exams –OpenFees Tells FG”. In it they urged the government not to play politics with the education of students.

The statement reads in part and we quote, "We are particularly concerned that JSS 3 and SS 3 students in public schools, most of who have not had significant learning because of poor access to online resources, would have to wait for another year before taking their final exams."

According to Openfees, if the government can invest half their time and resources in conducting elections despite the pandemic, then it can be able to provide safety measures to ensure students sit for their exams without difficulty.

This is in line with the author's view. The lives of students are at stakes, particularly those in public institutions who are beforehand already battling with poor educational growth. The government should put the fate of these students into consideration before making any further decision.

Meanwhile, the federal government had announced earlier on that they had agreed to meet with other member states of the WAEC, to agree on a new date for the examination. Hopefully, there should be a good news at the end of the proposed meeting.

What do you think about this? Do you feel students should have to wait another year, or can they risk sitting for the exams in spite of this pandemic?

Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section.

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