THE Federal Government has further clarified its announcement on the reopening of secondary schools on August 4, to enable students in exit classes complete their exams.
According to Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, only schools designated as centres for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) and in respect of the exiting classes would re-open.
Nwajiuba, made the clarification at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
He said: ”All primary schools and all other classes were excluded.”
The Minister of State said that WAEC had agreed that only exams peculiar to Nigeria would hold from September 5 to September 14, while exams common to all West Africa countries would proceed from September 17.
He said that Nigeria would domesticate its own time-table, while revision classes would start from Monday.
Nwajiuba said a report on the preparedness of states was expected on July 31, which would inform which centres would open and how they would open and to address all gaps.
He noted that all state Governors, Commissioners for Education and all other stakeholders had given their commitment to provide teachers, while WAEC would provide invigilators to ensure seamless conduct at the centres.
Earlier, 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.”