The fate of 1.6 million Nigeria candidates that registered for WAEC examination this year is still hanging on government hand. Recall that the Minister of State for Education about few weeks ago announced that WASSCE would take place from 3rd August to 5th September. Hence advising students to go back to the reading table.
However, the Federal government through the Ministry of education came out recently to announce that Nigeria especially those in unity schools would not participate again in the WAEC exam. They expressed worry that the exercise could expose the students to Covid-19 virus.
This new development generated a lot of dust as the students and parents involve become worried. The reason for their worry is not far-fetched as it will amount to losing one year if government fail to revert their decision.
As the heat keeps on raging, the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services has resolved to approach President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue. They also added that they would also meet with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on the need to fix a date for the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The chairman of the committee Julius, made the resolution at the committee meeting with stakeholders in the education sector on Thursday in Abuja.
Lending his own contribution, the Head of WAEC National Office in Nigeria, Mr Patrick Areghan, told the committee that "Ghana wanted to have the examination in June because it is an election year in the country, but shelved it because of Nigeria."
Areghan added that it took a presidential directive for The Gambia to shelve its desire to have the examination before now.
Areghan concluded thus, "Nigeria should decide if it wants to give its candidates a COVID-19 exam certificate or a WAEC certificate in concert with the other countries."
I think is necessary for Nigeria government to consider the parents of these children. They should also consider the academic statues of these students during this lockdown. It's becoming poorer as the lockdown does not encourage them to read.
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