The Federal Government of Nigeria has said the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is considering shifting the date of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). However, the discussion will continue with the four other West African countries to determine a new date for the examinations.
In a Friday statement, Ben Goong, who is the director of information, federal ministry of education, referred to a statement from Emeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education, as saying this as an outcome of a meeting that was held on Monday.
WAEC Examinations had been planned to begin on the 4th of August by the federal government, but the federal government later announced that students of unity schools would not partake in the examination by the reason of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, according to Emeka's statement, discussions are ongoing within the five West African countries to determine a new date for the examination. The date will be announced as soon as the conclusions are reached, but for now, no date has been announced.
Goong also said that schools now have between now and 29th July to ensure that every facility are ready before resumption according to the guidelines from the ministry of education for the safety of the students and teachers.
The ministry declared that a conclusion would be reached after the 29th July deadline by the five West African countries on the reopening of school for the exams to commence.
He said they have consultant all the major stakeholders involved in the educational sector. The commissioners of education in all the states, Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria,(APSON), all the Provost, Rectors and Vice-Chancellors of all institutions.
He said they met with WAEC body on Monday and their conclusion was that the other four countries will be consulted before they agree on the new examination date.
He then appreciates all the stakeholders, who shown good concerns and gave divergent views on the matter.
He concluded that parents should remember that the safety of the students and teachers should be paramountly considered before considering the reopening of schools for the final classes to write their exams.
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