The 104 federal unity schools in Nigeria as well as junior and secondary schools in some states of the federation re-opened yesterday Tuesday August 4, 2020 specifically for graduating students. Others are expected to re-open within the week as they fulfill the requirements for resumption.
This followed an earlier announcement by the Federal Ministry of Education which indicated that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would start on August 17, 2020.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, clarified that primary schools and other classes were excluded from the decision.
The decision to re-open schools was reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the minister of education and major stakeholders including all commissioners of education in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), proprietors of private schools, and chief executives of examination bodies.
In an official statement, the Director of Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Ben Bem Goong said, “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from 4th August 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from 17th August, 2020”.
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