THE Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has announced that secondary schools in Nigeria would reopen August 4, to enable students in their final year or exit classes complete the examinations.
In a statement on Monday in Abuja, the Director, Press and Public Relation, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Goong said that students would have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), which would commence from August 17.
According to him, the decisions were reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and chief executives of examination bodies.
He noted that it was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from August 17, 2020.
The Director said that the meeting also resolved that an appeal should 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 for safe reopening as agreed.
He said: “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.
“This date will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.”