The federal government has directed Secondary schools in the country to reopen classes from August 4, 2020 for graduating students to enable them participate in the West African Examinations (WAEC).
The minister of education Mallam Adamu Adamu who issued the directive on Monday disclosed that the students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the WAEC examinations due to start on August 17, 2020.
According to a statement by Ben Bem Goong, the Director, Press and Public Relations, the directive was informed by unanimous decision between the Federal Ministry of Education, the commissioners of Education of the 36 states and other stakeholders.
‘’These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
‘’It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.
‘’The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations safe reopening, as agreed’’.
The statement added that another meeting is to be convened on Tuesday between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.