This evening, the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu issued a proclamation on the planned WAEC examinations that had been earlier scheduled for August 13th.
The minister had announced that all secondary schools under the control of the federal government will not be a part of the examinations.
With this information, so many students had voiced out their worry over the lingering issue which has put all of them in a position of confusion since the academic calendar has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With this information, it is pertinent to really understand what the minister meant as most students feel the information is for all schools.
The Special Assistant to President Buharion Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi had also given some clarification on his verified twitter handle as well.
By schools controlled by the federal government, this means the federal schools otherwise called the unity schools.
Recall the Examination body WAEC had come out to announce the annual examination will be taking place August 3rd.
Making the announcement, the Head of Nigeria National Office, Patrick Areghan added that the exams which is billed to hold between August 4 and September 5, would run daily from Monday to Saturday.
In order to curb the wide-spread COVID-19 pandemic, the body had taken some measures which include: Schools should provide wash-hand buckets with running water, soaps, hand sanitizers, and thermometer hand-gun to check the temperature of students
He also added that all examination staff including the council’s staff on distribution, supervisors, invigilators, inspectors, candidates, and even school officials are required to wear face masks, wash and sanitize their hands daily, and throughout the duration of the examination.
In Nigeria, the number of unity schools stands at 104 with southeast having 12, South-south – 17, Southwest – 18, Northwest – 18, North-central – 24, and the Northeast – 15.
These are the schools not permitted to write WAEC.
Although the FG has called on the WAEC Office to rescind their decision on conducting the exams, the body has not made any pronouncement on that.
With this, if the exam body decides to go ahead with the examination, it means private schools can go ahead with the exams.