It is argued that the going back and forth of the Ministry of Education shows unpreparedness of the country to face the realities of COVID-19 as schools reopen. After various pronouncements on reopening, postponing and eventual agreement to reopen schools for SS3 students to write WAEC exams, Iyabo Lawal, (Lagos), Lawrence Njoku (Enugu), Kevin Ebiri (Port Harcourt), Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri), Bukky Olajide (Abeokuta), Oluwaseun Akingboye (Akure), Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan), Michael Egbejule (Benin City), Alabi Abdulganiyu (Kaduna) and Agosi Todo (Calabar) looked at how ready the states are considering the COVID-19 guidelines.
On July 27, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education issued a statement that likely brought relief to many SS3 and JSS3 students across the country.
It is not also hard to imagine the disappointment of stakeholders in light of the back-and-forth posturing of the Federal Government. All unity colleges and northern states publicly-owned senior secondary schools will now allow their final-year students to sit an exam which has been repeatedly postponed since April 2020, following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until Monday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had vowed that nothing would make him order the reopening of schools or move him to permit SS3 students to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) organised by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
As late as July 23, reports indicated that government considered replacing WASSCE with the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) in November if it failed to reach an agreement with other member countries of WAEC on appropriate dates for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). WAEC had, at the last count, fixed August 4, which drew the ire of the education minister.
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