The Federal Government has insisted that students in Unity schools would not be participating in the forthcoming 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) earlier scheduled to commence on August 4 and that all federal schools will not resume until such times control is gained against coronavirus and coast is clear for safe resumption.
This new development by the apex government was coming against the preparation of schools across the nation for WASSCE which was earlier announced barely 48 hours ago by WAEC to commence on August 4th.
After the announcement, state governments especially Lagos state, had started disinfecting schools in preparation for the exercise expected to last for one month.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday, stated that the schools would only be allowed to reopen when medical experts assert that COVID-19 spread had subsided in the country.
Adamu, in an interview with newsmen after Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja which was chaired by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, urged the state governments to reconsider their plans to reopen schools for the examination.
Adamu stated that the WAEC could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria and that he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to heath dangers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While urging the examination body to rethink its decision to hold WAEC exams during the pandemic that had claimed several lives globally, the minister examination could hold later and that lives lost can never be reversed.
Meanwhile, the minister revealed that the hostels in the Kaduna state polytechnic would be renovated with the aid of an investor that was earmarked for over N774 million and assured that the students of the polytechnic will not suffer any increase in the cost of their accommodation.