The federal government has said it’s decision to halt Schools’ resumption and postpone participation in final examinations for secondary school student remains intact.
The minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, last week told state house correspondents that schools would remain shut and final year students would not write the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) until the ministery considers is safe
The minister considered Reopening schools and allowing academic activities, including writing Examinations,too risky, considering the rising spread of corona virus
The decision was received with mixed reactions, drawing huge outcry from a section of the population, including the national house of assembly, which is called on PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI to prevail in the ministery to rescind it’s position.
So however, speaking to the state house of correspondents after the eighth virtual FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, Ministry of State of Education, CHIEF CHUKWUEMEKA NWAJIUBA, said the position remains unchanged.
He then however pointed out the ministry was still consulting with the education stakeholders on what the best position should be, adding the WEST AFRICAN EXAMINATION COUNCIL (WAEC) had also started consulting with West African Nation’s on a possibility of shifting dates for the exams.
We are still meeting with parents over this decision of the Ministry. What the Ministry said reflects the true position of the Ministry, therefore we are not confident yet that everywhere is safe the numbers from the NCDC are still the stakeholders in the Educational ecosystem, we are still meeting with them.
Therefore, 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 is any change in the ministry’s position, we will communicate, but as it stand, the position of the Honorable 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.
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