The Federal Government on Wednesday, July 15, explained that said that the West African Examination Council, WAEC was consulting with different countries over the possibility of suspending this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
It also reiterated its earlier decision not to reopen schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Federal Government has also insisted that its decision not to reopen schools; and not to participate in final examinations for secondary school students remains intact.
1st News had reported last week that the Minister of Education; Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated that Nigerian schools would remain shut and final year secondary school students would not write the WAEC Examinations (WASSCE) expected to start August 5 to September 5.
According to Adamu, this is until the Ministry considered it safe for such to happen.
He further explained that the reopening of schools and allowing academic activities; including writing examinations, to resume was too risky, considering the rising spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
However, there was a nationwide outcry over the decision with a section of the population; including the National Assembly, and private school owners calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Ministry to rescind its position.
Corroborating the MInistry’s stance, the Minister of State, Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said the position of the Ministry remained; as earlier spelt out by Mallam Adamu last week.
He, however, pointed out that the Ministry was still consulting with stakeholders in the education sector on the best way to follow; adding that the WAEC had also started consultations with West African states on a possibility of shifting dates.
According to him, “We are still meeting with parents over the decision of the Ministry. What the Minister said reflects the true position of the Ministry; we are not confident yet that everywhere is safe, the numbers from the NCDC are still alarming and we have put this before parents and all the stakeholders in the Education ecosystem, we are still meeting with them.
“WAEC on its own part is also negotiating with other West African countries to look at possible shift in date. Once they are through with that meeting and hopefully when we are through with the consultation with stakeholders; if there’s any change in the Ministry’s position, we will communicate.
“But as it stands, the position of the Honourable Minister; as communicated to you last week, remains the position of the Ministry; until further evidence to the contrary or further agreements that may alter those arise.”