Group says if elections are held, students can also take WASSCE

Group says if elections are held, students can also take WASSCE

- OpenFee, a non-governmental organisation, has called on the government to allow students to write their examinations

- The organisation made the call on Sunday, July 19, in a statement in Abuja

- OpenFee said with proper planning, it would be possible for JSS3 and SS3 students to write exams

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A non-governmental organisation known as OpenFees has said if Nigeria can manage to conduct elections into political offices despite the COVID-19 pandemic, students should not be stopped from writing the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Group says if can elections hold, students can also take WASSCE
OpenFee said students should be allowed to write their exams. Photo Credit: Current School News
Source: UGC

The group in a statement issued on Sunday, July 19, in Abuja, cautioned the federal government not to play politics with the education of youth, This Day reported.

The organisaion said it would be possible for junior secondary schools 3 (JSS3) and senior secondary 3 (SS3) to write their exams if the government can invest half the time and resources it wants to use to conduct elections, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The group said it would be possible for schools to reopen gradually if hygiene and social distancing rules are enforced at learning institutions.

Meanwhile, being a private school teacher during the coronavirus period is one of the hardest things a Nigerian can face.

Most schools, since they are not earning money, have put all their employees in limbo and as a result turned them into blatant beggars to survive. As a result of the dire situation faced by these teachers, some Nigerians have started raising funds to help them.

One of these gestures to help private school teachers could be found on Twitter when @Mazigburugburu1 raised N400,000, saying this will be shared at N25,000 each to 16 private school teachers, The Nation reports.

He said that they must however show proof that they were private school teachers. Hopefully, in the spirit of giving, many Nigerians will rise up to show more support for private school teachers.

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In another report, noted that the federal government has reeled-out conditions for the safe reopening of the schools across all levels as part of the extension to the relaxation of the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the time for the resumption was not stated, the Ministry of Education on Monday, July 13, said the resumption of all classes will be in phases.

It, however, further stressed that before schools can be reopened risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel considered.

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