19 States Back FG On Cancellation Of WAEC

COVID 19: FG, WAEC Agree On Shift In WASSCE Date

COVID 19: FG, WAEC Agree On Shift In WASSCE Date

By Augustine Akhilomen

Nineteen states in the Northern part of Nigeria have backed the decision of the Federal Government to cancel the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination and the reopening of schools in a bid to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

This was contained in a communique issued and signed by the commissioners of Education in the Northern region on Friday after a virtual meeting was held.

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.

They revealed that the safety and health of the children remain their major priority and they wouldn’t bow to any form of pressure.

“We have, therefore, resolved that schools should be reopened only when it is safe to do so and when states have complied with the minimum COVID-19 safety protocols as outlined by the NCDC.

“We will also participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and other examinations only when it is safe to reopen schools and when coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Education,” they said.

“Schools’ infrastructure, such as dilapidated classrooms, students’ hostels, source of safe water, sanitary facilities, including handwashing equipment and security are critical and should be improved.

“We will equally clear schools of bushes and grasses, as well as fumigate school’s surroundings to support learning and ensure safety when schools resume,” they said.

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