The federal government is yet to fix a date for the resumption of primary and secondary school students in examination classes.
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) comes up every year for S.S 3 students in West African Anglophone countries. The countries who do participate are Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia.
Every other country participating in WAEC has resumed school activities except Nigeria. The federal government still believes that its not yet safe to reopen schools because of the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
These countries cannot begin the SSCE examination without Nigeria participating as this will result in a great conflict. With Nigeria as the giant of Africa and a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), it is impossible for them to go on with the examination on 4 August.
In my Opinion there are reasons why WAEC may consider Nigeria and Postpone its exam date.
1. The government has already made a move in reopening its schools by preparing a 52-page guidelines for students, schools and state government that will facilitate the resumption of school activities.
2. According to the state minister of education Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, WAEC is currently negotiating with other West African countries on the possibilities of shifting the hitherto scheduled West Africa School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) from August.
3.The 6 South Western states in the country has decided to reopen schools for examination classes by August 3 for extensive preparation.
4. Schools are expected to prepare the SSCE students for about 4-6 weeks before the start of their WAEC examination.(This is normally called MOCK exam).
5.Every student is in the country is expected to write this exam. But right now only few states and few private schools has started the preparation leaving the federal government student in 104 unity college aside.
Postponed Date. (This is an assumption and clearly my opinion)
From the previous situation, after the announcement by the federal government in lifting the ban on schools two months ago, WAEC expected the country to resume immediately the next month (6 July) and thereby fixed their exam start date 4 weeks after the expected resumption date (4 August).
These four (4) weeks will enable schools prepare their students and their labs for the forth coming examination.
Now if every state government will follow all the necessary guidelines in the reopening of schools, and ensure strict adherence to safety protocols, every school in the country may resume the same period with the south western states. If so, four (4) weeks from August 3 will be September 1 or 2.
With this, in my own opinion I think WAEC may postpone their Start Date to 1st or 2nd of September.
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