It is no longer news that the Federal Government through the minister of education Mallam Adamu Adamu has announced the suspension of the 2020 West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Nigeria. Also, the Federal Government has announced the reversal of its initial plan to reopen schools across the country.
However, in this article, i shall highlight three reasons why Nigerian students may still participate in the forthcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Firstly, it is pertinent to state that Nigeria is operating a Federal system of government, given this, powers are distributed between the federal, state and local government. In the distribution of powers among the federal and state government, education falls under the concurrent list. Thus, while the Federal government controls unity schools and Federal higher institutions, the state government controls state schools. The state government controls primary schools, secondary schools, and tertiary institutions in the state. Therefore, some state governors might still decide to go ahead with the 2020 WAEC examination.
Also, the idea of suspending the 2020 West African Examination Council (WAEC) has remained an unpopular idea in the country. Millions of Nigerians have condemned this rule, the National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) and several associations have also criticised this rule. Also, Nigerians from different professional bodies have continued to express their dissatisfactions over this rule, thus, the federal government may decide to listen to the voice of the people.
Thirdly, given the fact that Nigeria always has the highest number of candidates on yearly basis in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, the management of WAEC may postpone the 2020 examination in order to accommodate Nigerian students.
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