- Resumption of students in exit classes was marked by a high turnout in many parts of the country
- Both public and private schools felt the high turnout of students as the learning centre reopened for classes
- After more than three months of staying at home, students in exit classes resumed amid strict safety protocols
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The resumption of students in graduating classes on Monday, August 10, after four months of COVID-19 lockdown was marked by a high turnout across the country as secondary schools reopened for return of classes.
In a report by The Nation, pupils and their teachers in both public and private schools in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital, complied with the COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of the commencement of the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Oluwatosin Ajayi, the headteacher of Ado-Ekiti Grammar School said about 205 pupils registered for WASSCE, while about 95 percent of the pupils had resumed.
Meanwhile, the turnout of students in Kano state was impressive as boarders had returned on Sunday, August 9. It was gathered that some were excited about their resumption of classes after staying at home for over three months.
The Ministry of Education also checked to ensure that pupils and teachers comply with the COVID-19 protocols.
In Katsina, there was a high turnout as students in JSS3 and SS3 resumed classes as directed by the state government in preparation for their examinations.
This was confirmed by Salisu Lawal Kerau, the public relations officer, Ministry of Education.
Though majority of the primary school pupils resumed, they, however, told the online news publication they could not see any teacher to tell them what to do.
Elizabeth Wapwuk, the Plateau commissioner for education, (secondary), said 32,199 exit pupils in public and private schools will sit for WASSCE in the state on Monday, August 17.
Wapwuk went on to add that there are over 624 examination centres for public and private schools across the state.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 condemned demands by some states that students should present the results of their coronavirus test before they could be allowed to return to the classroom.
The PTF said it is “far more important to monitor” every resuming pupil for symptoms of coronavirus than making negative COVID-19 test result a requirement for each pupil to return to the classroom.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of PTF, while reacting on Monday, August 3, during a briefing in Abuja, informed that a negative COVID-19 test result is only valid for the moment it was conducted.
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