Federal Government and West African Examination Council (WAEC) have again changed the period for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to hold
The examinations, originally scheduled to start on August 24, will now begin on September 5, 2020.
The Minister of State for Education, Honourable Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced the change of dates on Friday.
He said the changes came after a meeting between the Federal Government and officials of WAEC.
He said school owners in the country had until July 29, 2020 to meet specific guidelines towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.
The minister was quoted in a statement by the Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Bem Goong, to have asked schools to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to state Ministries of Education, not later than July 29, 2020.
He said, “Thereafter, consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.
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“We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including Commissioners of Education in all the states of the federation, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria,(APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools,(NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, some State Governors, and development partners.”
He said, “On WAEC, we met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date. We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and note the divergent views expressed on the matter.
“Parents should be rest assured that the safety of our students and teachers is paramount as we work assiduously towards the speedy reopening of our schools for the exit classes to take external examinations.”