- Nigerians are divided over the federal government's decision to stop unity schools from writing WASSCE and asking states to do the same
- While some welcomed the decision, others believe the students should be allowed to write the exams despite the coronavirus pandemic
- It is not yet known whether states will adopt the FG's decision or not
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The federal government on Wednesday, July 8, reversed its earlier decision and announced secondary schools under its control, unity schools, will not be resuming schools to write the 2020 WASSCE.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, also advised state governments not to allow the schools under their control to resume for the exams.
According to him, it is better to lose an academic year than losing students to the deadly coronavirus disease.
Adamu also advised the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to suspend the exams in the face of the virus ravaging the world.
Adamu's announcement has left Nigeria's social media space buzzing since Wednesday as many offer diverse reactions.
Dr. Dípò Awójídé, @OgbeniDipo, tweeted: "The Federal Govt & National Assembly will have to find a way to compensate students who will miss WAEC this year.
"Perhaps for next year, allow anyone with 150 & above in JAMB exam get into the Uni of their choice. There are no easy solutions. But those in charge must provide them."
Another Twitter user, @TheDodoLover, commented: "So what was WAEC thinking, trying to kick off the examination and throwing all safety responsibilities on the schools?"
Amin Beli S, @amin_beli, asked the Rivers state governor to plead with the federal government to rescind its decision on the WAEC exams.
His tweet: "@GovWike: Your Excellency. Kindly lend your quality voice, to plead with the Fed. Govt, to rescind its cancellation of August WAEC Exams. Also, kindly mobilize fellow Governors & other relevant stakeholders, to create safe VENUES from the Covid-19 spread."
Dr FOLU, @FoluPaean, tweeted: "Adamu Adamu and FG is a joke, elections can hold but exams can't??
"Why on earth can't they provide sanitizers and face mask for students nation-wide. Why? Why??. Is the nation that broke?. #Nigerians #WAEC #finalyearstudents #schoolsreopening"
AdeManuel, @Adeagbo_Manuel, welcomed the federal government's decision.
"One of the good decisions made by Buhari's FG since inception is the recent reversal of it's earlier decisions to reopen schools for final year secondary school students. Although unfortunate, WAEC can wait. This is not a good time," he tweeted.
Wilson Olumide, @olumide_wilson, lamented on the damaging impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on Nigeria and other parts of the world.
He tweeted: "Students in federal government colleges will not be writing WAEC this year as FG cancels school reopening. Where this covid 19 taking us?"
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Meanwhile, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates preparing to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations will be mandated to wear face masks when the exam commences on August 3.
The examination body stated that everyone at exam venues will be required to wear a face mask.
Patrick Areghan, the head of the national office of WAEC on Tuesday, July 7, made the disclosure at a news conference held at the examination’s body headquarters in Yaba, Lagos.
He said writing the examination during the COVID-19 pandemic would pose challenges due to the large number of candidates taking part in the exams.
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