Nigerian government has revealed that the management of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is considering postponing the date of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Ben Goong, director of information at the federal ministry of education made the announcement on Friday July 17, and he further disclosed that discussions will continue with four other countries to determine a new date for the examination.
Goong who disclosed that schools have been given till July 29, 2020, to ensure that their facilities are ready for resumption in line with the guidelines issued by the ministry of education for safe reopening of places of learning, said a decision would be taken after the July 29 deadline on resumption of schools for all categories of learners.
He quoted the minister of state for education Emeka Nwajiuba as saying;
“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.
“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 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.”