The Federal Government had today Monday instructed schools in the country to reopen for graduating pupils to be effective as from August 4.
It was also stated that the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will start on the 17th August 2020.
This was contained in a statement on Monday, signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong.
The statement was titled, ‘Exit Classes To Reopen August 4th’, the ministry said the agreed dates were part of the resolutions reached after a consultative meeting with the education commissioners of the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders involved.
Healthforbes had earlier reported that FG formerly announced that the 2020 WASSCE would commence on August 4 through September 5 but was cancelled later because of the health issues it will pose to the exit student.
The novel Coronavirus pandemic necessitated the closure of schools nationwide since March.
The statement reads, “Secondary schools in the country are to reopen from the 4th of August 2020 for exit classes only.
“Students will have 2-weeks for a preparation time for the West African Examinations that is starting on the 17th of August 2020.
“These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the proprietors of private schools and the Chief Executives of examination bodies.
“It was agreed that the exit classes should resume with immediate effect after Sallah break, from the 4th of August 2020 to enable them study hard and prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to start from the 17th of August 2020.
“The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast-track the preparation for safe reopening, as agreed.
“Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Chief Executives of examination bodies which are namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.”