WASSCE: No reopening of schools for WAEC exam now, Nigerian govt insists


The Federal Government has reiterated its its resolve not to open schools for students to write the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Examination yet.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, told journalists after the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

However, he said government representatives are still meeting with stakeholders on the matter.

“We are still meeting with parents over the decision of the ministry. What the minister (Mr Adamu) said reflects the true position of the ministry; we are not confident yet that everywhere is safe.

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“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. In fact, there’s a stakeholders’ meeting convened for Monday.

“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,” Nwajiuba said.

The Federal Government stance not to reopen schools for the 2020 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have been met with criticism by a section of Nigerians who faulted the government’s decision.

But government had defended its decision not to allow Nigerian students take part in the 2020 WASSCE, saying, it is not safe yet to reopened schools forced to prolonged closure owing to coronavirus pandemic.