Nigeria’s Ministry of Education has revealed that Nigerian secondary final year students will not be participating in the upcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the seventh weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. He also indicated that there is no date for resumption of schools in the country yet.
According to the minister, it is better for Nigerian students to lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers. He therefore appealed to state governments that had announced reopening of schools to reconsider their decision for the sake of the students’ safety. He further emphasised the point that Nigeria would not open the schools yet, not even for the WAEC, which is a regionally controlled programme.
He, however debunked an earlier report, which claimed that the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced August 4, 2020, as resumption date for schools, saying the Minister was misquoted.
Meanwhile, schools in some countries in West Africa have reopened for final year students to write their exams. Ghana, Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso are those countries.