Following a crucial meeting with federal government officials in Abuja early this week, the West African Examination Council (WAEC has shifted forward the date of its 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE),
This may not be unconnected with intense pressure from Nigeria in view of the rampaging Coronavirus pandemic. The government had announced that students of unity schools would not participate in the examination initially scheduled to commence on August 4, as the examination was not worth the life of any of the students.
Daily Tracker gathered that the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba had also conveyed the government’s position when he led federal government team to a meeting with WAEC officials.
As a result of WAEC’s acceptance to shift the date of the examination, the federal government issued a statement on Friday, disclosing that WAEC “is considering shifting the date of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).”
The statement signed by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, quoted the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba as saying “this as a result of a meeting which held on Monday.”
He said discussions will continue with four other countries to determine a new date for the examination.
He however stated that schools had been given till July 29, 2020, to ensure that their facilities are ready for resumption in line with the guidelines issued by the ministry of education for safe reopening of places of learning.
The ministry said a decision would be taken after the July 29 deadline on resumption of schools for all categories of learners.
“We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including commissioners of education in all the states of the federation, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria,(APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, some State Governors, and development partners,” Nwajiuba was quoted as saying.
“On WAEC, we met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date.
“We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and note the divergent views expressed on the matter.
“Parents should rest assured that the safety of our students and teachers is paramount as we work assiduously towards the speedy reopening of our schools for the exit classes to take external examinations.”