The Nigerian government has announced that students will not be participating in the West African Examination Council, WAEC 2020 examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was made known by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who made the announcement after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday July 8.
The Minister further disclosed that there is no date yet for school resumption.
He also added that he will prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year than expose them to danger.
“Schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education will not reopen on August 4th or any time soon.“
“Our schools will only open when we believe it is safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the number of COVID-19 infection is going up in the nation. So, I just want to make that clear,”
“Unless it is safe for our students because WAEC cannot determine for us what we do so schools will remain closed.”
“Yesterday we called a meeting of stakeholders to tell us their situation and what needs to be done in order to reopen schools but while the meeting was going on, WAEC announced that they will start exams so let’s see who they are going to start with,”
The minister also appealed to schools that have already reopened to rescind their positions.