- The School principals' association, ANCOPSS, has reacted to the FG's decision to stop unity schools from participating in WASSCE
- Anselm Izuagie who is the national president of the association said the education minister is confusing as it contradicts the earlier decision made at a stakeholders meeting
- Izuagie, however, said the association will meet with the NUT to review the government's decision and take a position
The announcement by the federal government that unity schools will not be participating in the forthcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) has left the school principals' association, ANCOPSS, confused.
Anselm Izuagie who is the national president of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools said the federal government's latest position contradicts the decision taken earlier at a stakeholders' meeting held on Tuesday, July 7, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, announced on Wednesday, July 8, that all secondary schools under the control of the federal government will not be participating in the forthcoming WASSCE while he urged the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to suspend the exams.
However, Izuagie said ANCOPSS was at the education stakeholders’ meetings on Tuesday where they were all in agreement that WAEC should conduct the exams with all safety guidelines and protocols put in place.
The ANCOPSS president said the sudden twist by the federal government still baffles them.
According to him, both the federal and various state governments had representatives at the said meeting with the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, as the chairman.
"That is why the news is shocking to us and also confusing," he said.
Izuagie said the school principals' association will meet on Friday, July 10 with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to review the government's decision and take a position.
Also, the minister'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."
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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 West African Examinations Council (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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