FG Tells States to Reopen Schools As WASSCE Begins August 4

The Federal Government has given state government permission to reopen their schools to enable primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School students prepare for their examinations.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba and the Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed this during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

Nwajiuba noted that a decision on dates for the National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) would be taken after the WASSCE which ends September 5.

And as for Primary 6 and JSS 3, no exact date was released but SS3 students would start their West African Senior School Certificate Examinations  (WASSCE) August 4.

He said: “As soon as we begin WAEC on August  4 and end it on September 5,  we will take up NABTEB and NECO exams.  Parents, please take note.

“The idea here is that we have a whole month from now till then (the examinations). The states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise.

“We have done the most we can. Our representative at WAEC(West African Examination Council) confirmed this (yesterday) afternoon that the date allotted will be from the 4th of August through to the  5th of September. Local timings will be published.”

The minister also said that officials of the Ministry of Education would meet with those of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the Nigeria Union of Teachers and other stakeholders to finalise the dates announced by the government.

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Nwajiuba said:” We will be asking that those who are not prepared yet should please go and prepare.

“We are continuing with registration for NECO for those who have not concluded registration along those lines, this is the time also to update and get registrations done.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mahmood, explained that the decontamination of schools was delayed because the Federal Government wanted enough chemicals to be available.

He said the ministry now has enough chemicals and teams on the ground to carry out the disinfection.

Mahmood said: “Earlier, I told you that we have sat with the Ministry of Education and we have the list of all the schools that need to be disinfected before resumption.



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