The federal government has reversed its earlier announcement of schools’ resumption, saying Nigeria will not participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) earlier scheduled for August 5 and September 5.
But Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education, had announced that the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations will take place between August and September.
In Contrary to that, speaking to state house correspondents at the end of the virtual federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, said Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I prefer Nigerian Students lose an Academic Year than to expose them to Danger of resumption amidst COVID-19 PANDEMIC”
He said that final-year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to an earlier announcement.
He also appealed to state governments who have agreed to reopen schools to reconsider the action due to the COVID-19 situation.
“I appeal to state governments that have announced schools’ resumption to reconsider it. I think it’s not safe. Let’s protect our children,” he said.
Adamu also appealed to WAEC to reschedule the examination because of the pandemic.
Nigeria had confirmed a total of 29,879 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday evening.