The National Examination Council (NECO) on Monday, August 31, fixed September 10 as the deadline for the registration of schools and examination candidates for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
A statement by the Registrar/Chief Executive of the council, Prof. Godswill Obioma in Abuja said the examination body would not be subject to extension of the deadline as approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.
Obioma said this was to enable efficient and effective planning for the examination logistics required for the smooth conduct of the 2020 NECO/SSCE (Internal).
He said that the 2020 NECO/SSCE (Internal) would commence on Oct. 5, and would end on Nov. 18.
“The National Examinations Council wishes to remind all stakeholders and the general public that the deadline for the registration of schools and examination candidates for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) is Thursday, Sept. 10.
“There will not be subject to extension as approved by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“This is to enable efficient as well as effective planning for the examination logistics required for the smooth conduct of the 2020 NECO SSCE (Internal)
“NECO hereby reminds all stakeholders and likewise the general public that the 2020 NECO SSCE (Internal) will commence on Oct. 5, and end on Nov. 18.
“We also use this opportunity to notify all stakeholders that the schedule and Examination Time-Table for the 2020 SSCE (External) will soon be released.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, August 31, warned states against the full reopening of schools.
The COVID-19 Taskforce Chairman urged states to be guided by the experiences of countries like France; Germany; the United Kingdom; and also the United States.
1st News had reported that the Lagos State government on Saturday directed all private and also public schools in the state to start preparing for the resumption of academic activities by September 21.
Mustapha, who made the call at the PTF daily press briefing in Abuja; however, said the task force was not against the reopening of schools provided such plans complied with the COVID-19 protocols.
He said: “The Presidential Task Force appreciates ongoing calls for the reopening of the education sector. And indeed, some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such.
“Whilst the PTF does not discourage such preparations; we need to be guided by experiences from countries; such as Germany; France; the US; and the UK where the opening of schools in some cities led to confirmed cases and fatalities.”