WAEC: Minister okays August 4 for start of exams, states uncertain

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WAEC: Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba

IN furtherance of the Federal Government directive on the reopening of schools, the  Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has said that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations will hold from August 4 to September 5.

At the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, Monday, Nwajiuba said: “We have a whole month from now till then for those who can and those who are willing. The states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise,” for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

“We have done the most we can with our representatives at West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and we have confirmed that the dates allotted for the exams will be from August 4 through to September 5.”

He disclosed that the local timings for the examinations will be published after a meeting with stakeholders including the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).

Nwajiuba said that with the National Examination Council (NECO) and the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) examinations would follow after the conclusion of WAEC examinations.

Meanwhile the governments of Akwa Ibom and Edo states have ruled out resumption of academic activities until further notice, but Lagos State has indicated that schools will reopen on August 3.

The Akwa Ibom government, said the rising cases of COVID-19 made any plan to reopen schools unfeasible. 

The Governor, Udom Emmanuel, had said reopening of schools will also be determined by the level of compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

Recently, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the partial resumption of studies for some classes in secondary and technical schools.

According to the governor, students in Senior Secondary School 3 and Tech III are to resume classes from Monday, August 3.

Emmanuel has said that the state will resist opening schools because other states were doing so.

“We don’t want to get to a point that we are overwhelmed by COVID-19. We will not want a situation were we are unable to provide bed space or equipment for a symptomatic patient,” he said.

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