- A Nigerian Muslim group, MURIC, has rejected the timetable for the forthcoming WASSCE
- MURIC's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said there are at least three clashes between the examination periods and Muslim prayers on Fridays
- Akintola asked the examination council to adjust the timetable while also asking the Nigerian government to intervene
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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has rejected the schedule of the 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
The Muslim group said the schedule clashed with the designated time for Muslims’ Friday prayers, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the WASSCE examinations will begin on Monday, August 17.
Reacting to the released timetable, MURIC said some of the subjects clash with the Jumua’ah (Friday) prayers, according to a statement by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement reads: “WAEC is deliberately creating a wedge between young Muslims and the mosque.
“A quick glance at the timetable recently released by WAEC shows that there are at least three clashes between examination periods and Muslim prayers on Fridays: Management-in-Living (2 pm, Friday 14th August, 2020); Literature-in-English (2 pm, Friday 21st August); Health Science (1.30 pm, Friday, 4th September)."
MURIC noted that it had earlier released a press statement reminding the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to ensure that the timetable does not clash with Friday prayers.
The group, however, said WAEC ignored the statement.
"These are papers that Muslim candidates are also expected to take. The implications are very serious.
“WAEC is deliberately creating a wedge between young Muslims and the mosque. WAEC is making it impossible for Muslim youth to worship.
The examination body is encroaching upon Allah-given fundamental rights of Muslim candidates to access freedom of religion as guaranteed by Section 38 (i) & (ii) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria," MURIC added.
The group, therefore, called the attention of the federal government and the Ministry of Education to the issue.
“WAEC is therefore invited to take notice of impending action by Muslim candidates unless it adjusts its timetable to accommodate Muslim Jumu‘ah service during the coming examinations. Muslim candidates must be given three hours every Friday. This is non-negotiable. Nigerian Muslims will liberate themselves from slavery, serfdom and religious apartheid if government is lackadaisical. The only thing MURIC opposes is violence.
“Our message to WAEC is very clear and simple: ‘We warned you early enough, but you decided to dare Nigerian Muslims with your satanic timetable. We are returning it ‘back to sender’.
"Adjust your timetable and stop provoking Muslims forthwith. Let the Muslims go," the statement concludes.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) expressed fears that there would be ‘mass failure’ of students in the forthcoming WASSCE.
APSON on Thursday, July 30, attributed its prediction of poor preparation of students due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by Bishop Godly Opukeme and Bishop Elakhe Imoukhede, chairman and national director of administration of the association in response to the federal government’s directive that schools should resume academic activities on August 4, only for exit classes.
The statement said that to avert mass failure, there should be four to six weeks of academic revision to enable students to adequately prepare for the examination.
“These candidates have been out of school for over four months, during which some have abandoned their books and be engaged in economic activities to assist their parents,” APSON said.
It explained that the students needed a minimum of one month to re-acclimatize to the school environment.
It stressed that: “We wish to reiterate that, to avoid mass failure, the students need between four and six weeks for effective revision as our people are used to the conventional schooling and are yet to fully come to terms with e-learning.”
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