The National Parents Teachers’ Association of Nigeria has revealed that the proclamation by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that schoolchildren nationwide would not be allowed to sit the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations slated for August 4 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, is not satisfactory.
This was contained in a statement issued by the NAPTAN National President, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, in an interview on Thursday, July 9.
Danjuma further said the association had resolved to meet Adamu by Monday, July 13, to seek an amicable solution.
The association had urged the Federal Government to reopen schools nationwide; “to pupils who will be sitting external examinations of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); and the National Examinations Council (NECO).”
It further stated that parents had resolved to work together with schools to put measures in place such as the provision of face masks; handwashing containers; and hand sanitisers to minimise the risks of virus contraction by the pupils.
Reacting to Adamu’s directive that pupils would not be able to sit the WASSCE this year, Danjuma said parents were confused; and that they would seek an audience with the government on the matter.
He said, “Surprisingly, we heard from the Federal Ministry of Education that the government has suspended the reopening of schools. This is very confusing; we don’t know what to do. We are waiting for whatever will come after this.”
“On our side at NAPTAN, we are planning to go to the ministry; and meet with the minister or his representatives to hear from them. It should be on Monday.”
1st News had reported that the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, during the press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 last Monday announced that the 2020 WASSCE conducted by WAEC would hold between August 4 and September 5.
But Adamu said on Wednesday that all federal schools would remain closed until it was safe to reopen them. He also urged state governments that had announced school resumption plans to rescind such.