- Private schools in Nigeria have told the FG they are 100% ready to resume for the forthcoming WASSCE
- NAPPS president, Otubela, said some parents are already asking private schools for the refund of the WASSCE fees which the schools have remitted to WAEC
- Otubela said the parents are making plans to take the children to other countries to write the forthcoming exams
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Nigerian private schools association has told the federal government that it is ready to resume for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and other terminal examinations.
The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) stated this following the federal government's sudden withdrawal of unity schools from the forthcoming exams over Covid-19 fear.
The national president of the association, Yomi Otubela, said on Monday, July 13, schools under the group were fully prepared for resumption in line with the protocols set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
He said: “I can vouch for our members that have gone through safety measure in their schools. We are over 100 per cent ready for transitional classes to resume."
Speaking further, Otubela said member schools have trained relevant staff on how to manage the students to avoid a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The NAPPS president also urged the Nigerian government to put measures in place to ensure public school students would not be deprived of writing the exams.
According to him, stopping SS3 students from writing the WASSCE after they have prepared will cause them emotional trauma.
Similarly, The Sun reports that Otubela expressed concern that some parents have started making plans to approach other member-countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for their children to write the forthcoming WASSCE.
He said some parents of students in private schools have started asking for the refund of monies paid for the exams, but the funds had already been remitted to WAEC.
Meanwhile, the commissioners of education in 19 northern states in the country have supported the suspension of schools reopening amid the pandemic by the federal government.
The commissioners made this known in a communique issued in Kaduna state on Saturday, July 11, after a virtual meeting to consider school reopening and other issues to strengthen the education sector.
The communique was signed by the commissioner of education, Kaduna, Dr Shehu Makarfi, who is also the chairman of the Northern States School Exchange Programme.
The meeting was attended by commissioners of 13 of the 19 northern states namely, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Kano, Borno and Jigawa.
Meanwhile, after stopping unity schools from participating in the 2020 WASSCE, the federal government has said it can't decide for state and private schools if they should or shouldn't take part in the exams.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education made the clarification on Monday, July 13, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 in Abuja.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, announced that Nigerian schools under the control of the federal government will not be reopening for the forthcoming WASSCE, scheduled to be held from August 5 to September 5, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minister also called on the management of the WAEC to suspend the exams just as he urged state governments to toe the federal government's line.
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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