- The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has spoken out concerning the timetable being circulated in Nigeria
- WAEC said it does not have any link with the timetable and wants Nigerians to disregard it
- The examination body's position comes after Lagos state opens schools to a set of students in the state
The West African Examination Council (WAEC), on Sunday, July 5, asked Nigerians to disregard a timetable currently in circulation around the country.
The supposed timetable claimed to be that of the body was released hours after the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the resumption of schools to some sets of students.
The schools had remained shut for months now over the spreading coronavirus pandemic in Lagos and some parts of Nigeria.
In reaction to an inquiry by a Nigerian on Twitter, Jamiu Kazeem Babatunde, WAEC said the timetable did not emanate from it.
"I would love if WAEC can attend to this question of circulating time table," Babatunde had inquired.
In its response, WAEC said it "did not release the timetable in circulation. As you can see, it was a timetable we had used for a previous examination. Please, disregard it."
Legit.ng reports that Sanwo-Olu had, in his directive on Friday, July 3, stated that only students in Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS3 would resume beginning from Monday, August 3.
“Tertiary institutions will remain closed. We continue to support online teaching during this period.
"However, students in the transitional classes who have mandatory public examinations ahead of them will be permitted to resume for revision classes and examinations. The commencement date for this will be from Monday, August 3rd."
Meanwhile, for allegedly flouting the closure directives of the federal and state governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of students, Lagos has closed 10 private schools.
Channels TV reports that the director-general, office of education quality assurance, Lagos state, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led the monitoring and investigation team of the office, disclosed this during the second and third phase of the massive monitoring of private schools compliance to the directive to curb the spread of the virus.
Seriki-Ayeni said that a large number of private schools she visited across the state were found to have complied while the non-compliant schools have been closed.
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