Covid-19: Secondary Schools To Reopen On August 4, 2020 As WASSCE Begins August 17

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According to information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our correspondent in Nigeria, the government of Nigeria have come out to say that Nigerian secondary school students will be participating in the 2020 WASSCE. The government made this announcement on Monday 27th July 2020 stating that secondary school students in the exit classes will resume on Tuesday, August 4. This move by the government is to enable the students to prepare for the WASSCE which starts on Monday , August 17. This recent development is against the earlier decision made by the government regarding participation in the forthcoming West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination. A statement by the Federal Ministry of Education on Monday, July 27, announced that secondary schools in the country will reopen on Tuesday, August 4. The reopening is, however, only for students in exit classes to sit for their examination. The government said students will have two weeks to prepare for the WASSCE which is the exit examination for students trying to complete their secondary education.

The WASSCE examination will commence on Monday, August 17 and the Nigerian government announced the latest decision at the end of a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, commissioners of education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies. The latest decision was contained in a statement signed by the director of press and public relations of the federal education ministry, Ben Goong.

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According to Goong  “stakeholders at the meeting agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020. “The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them to fast track the preparations of safe reopening, as agreed. Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonize their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education. Earlier, reports had it that the House of Representatives urged the federal government to rescind its earlier decision on the cancellation of the 2020 WAEC exams due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It would be recalled that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday, July 6, announced that schools under the control of the federal government would not be reopened for the forthcoming WAEC exams.

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