Nigerian secondary school students in their final year won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council(WAEC) 2020 examinations, the Federal Government has declared.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also said there is no date for school resumption yet.
The FG has also reversed it’s scheduled resumption of schools in preparation for the promotional examinations for final year students accorss all levels of education in the country.
This year’s WASSCE, administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), was postponed indefinitely in April after it was earlier scheduled to commence in May.
It was postponed after schools were shut down across the country in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
However, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced during a media briefing on July 6 that the examination will now take place between August 4 and September 5.
The Minister for Education has now toppled the earlier announcements saying
Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to the earlier announcement.
Mr Adamu said the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cannot determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.
He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.