Barely a week it announced the resumption of schools across the country, the Federal Government has fixed August 4, 2020, for the commencement of this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
As stated, the decision to commence this year’s examination followed earlier directive that schools across the country be open to allow pupils in graduating classes resume preparation for examinations which had been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said the examination scheduled to commence in August would follow a month-long revision for students sitting for the exercise.
Nwajiuba who made the announcement at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday said the government will meet with other stakeholders including the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers to conclude and agree on modalities for commencement of academic activities.
“From the 4th of August to the 5th of September, please take note. Last week the Chairman of the PTF announced that school facilities will be available for those who want to go into revision classes. The idea here is that we have a whole month from now till then, those who can and those who are willing; the states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise.
“We have done the most we can with our representatives at WAEC and we have, this afternoon, confirmed that the dates allotted for the exams will be from the 4th of August through to the 5th of September.
“Local timings will be published. From tomorrow, this is what we are taking into our concluding stakeholder meetings with NCDC, Nigerian Union of Teachers, everybody will be at the stakeholders meeting tomorrow and this date is what we are going to look at.
“We will be asking that those who are not prepared yet should please go and prepare. We are continuing with registration for NECO. For those who have not concluded registration along those lines, this is the time to update and get your registration done,” the minister said