- The federal government has given an update on the decision for students writing WAEC to resume
- The government says the WAEC timetable is not determined by Nigeria
- The federal government also noted that COVID will go away eventually but it may take a year or longer
The coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has given more update on the federal government's decision on the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
Aliyu noted that the WAEC timetable is not determined by Nigeria and the government does not want a spill-over in the country's academic calendar.
Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, July 1, he noted that any serious spill-over in the nation’s academic calendar will affect graduating students.
“We have a large number of students that are in their exit year. They need to move on. We have exams that are not specific only to Nigeria but in West Africa, WAEC for instance.
“We need to find a way to safely get these students to do their exams and exit, otherwise we will have a serious spill-over when it comes to education.
“COVID will go away eventually. It may take a year or longer, but what we don’t want is to have such a significant impact on our educational programme where children are unable to move at home where there is no mobility,” he said.
The PTF had announced that schools will be reopened nationwide for graduating students with immediate effect.
Some Nigerians on social media have been giving their thoughts on the government's decision.
Musa Mohammed wrote on Twitter: I don't get what the rush is. These exams will always be there for the kids to write. Well, guess maybe your kids are not in these schools in Nigeria..how I wish parents won't send their kids until they see the data the PTF are working with.
Chijoke Ezenekwe wrote: FG is not serious, so if the virus continues for 20 years, children will not go to school? Overseas they do go to school. Nigeria will continue to remain backward in everything they do.
In Akwa Ibom, Governor Udom Emmanuel says the state will commence fact-finding on local solutions to enable schools resume.
He expressed concern over the closure of schools but assured residents of the state that once there is a green light in conquering COVID-19, schools will reopen.
His words: “We are looking for local solutions. We will localize the intervention. Once we are able to come out with a local solution to this pandemic, we will open up schools. We are still studying the COVID-19 curves.”
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