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COVID-19: Nigeria Shuts Down Schools, Declares NO WASSCE Exams For 2020

COVID-19: Nigeria Shuts Down Schools, Declares NO WASSCE Exams For 2020
LISTEN JUL 9, 2020

The Federal Government of Nigeria has come to the conclusion that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from easing up its talons on people as it continues to ravage the country.

It is against this background that the Buhari-led government has made a U-Turn on the reopening of schools.

Nigeria has also announced that it has cancelled this year's WAEC Exams for the safety of students

According to Nigerian authorities, no Nigerian school will participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) which was earlier scheduled for August 5 to September 5.

This year's examination, 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 of Education, Adamu Adamu, speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, said 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.