- The federal government said it has not changed its position on suspension of school resumption
- The minister of state for education, Nwajiuba, however said the ministry was still consulting with relevant stakeholders
- Nwajiuba added that WAEC had also started consulting with other member countries
The federal government has given an update regarding its decision to suspend school reopening and to stop unity schools from participating in the forthcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examinations.
The Nation reports that the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the government's position remained unchanged.
Nwajiuba, however, said the ministry was still consulting with education stakeholders on what the next step to take.
He added that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had also started consulting with other member countries on a possibility of postponing the exams.
Nwajiuba said the ministry will communicate an update if there’s any change in its earlier position.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, July 15, Nwajiuba sai that there is no confidence that Nigeria is safe yet as the numbers from the NCDC are still alarming.
He said the ministry had tabled the concerns before parents and all other relevant stakeholders adding that consultations are still ongoing.
Nwajiuba said the ministry will communicate its position after the consultations with stakeholders are over.
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However, contrary to the position of the federal government, all the six states in the southwest have agreed to reopen schools for students to participate in the forthcoming WASSCE.
The six states in the southwest are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.
Commissioners, special advisers on education and SUBEB chairmen in the states reached the agreement at a virtual meeting convened by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
Legit.ng gathered that a statement by the DAWN Commission indicated that all the states will reopen schools for SS3 students by August 3 with COVID-19 preventive measures in place.
Meanwhile, amid the growing tensions over whether or not the Nigerian government should reopen schools, a university don, Professor Peace Chinedum Babalola, has offered a piece of advice on how schools can be safely reopened.
Babalola who is the vice-chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun state, advised the federal government to adopt “staggered” resumption of schools.
Babalola said this on Wednesday, July 15, during the university's virtual matriculation ceremony.
In another report, the founder of Slum2School, Otto Orondaam, has proffered a very big solution to the problem of learning in this period when children are forced out of school by the coronavirus.
He announced his organisation has made it possible for 948 kids to learn remotely with their first Virtual Learning Classroom in Africa.
Otto said his aim is to reach 10,000 kids during this season. Impossible is really nothing.
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