…… ‘No policy somersault’ on WASSCE – FG

The Federal Government has said there is no ‘policy somersault’ in regard to its decision to stop students in the 104 unity schools across the country from writing this year’s West African Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) scheduled for August 5th and September 5th.

The Minister is Education, Adamu Adamu, had said no school under its supervision will participate in the exams.

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 Monday, July 6, that the exam will now take place between August 4 and September 5.

Adamu had said that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘How anyone can read that as inconsistent or at difference with what we have consistently advocated and provided at this platform, is something that beats my imagination. And I asked the country to please reconsider those kinds of assumptions because they are not true. What he has said is in tune with the guidelines released today.

‘We wait to stay and bring everybody on synch how we, we do not rule the world, families, we don’t rule private institutions, we can only provide guidance and that is what we provide.’

Asked he was implying that only unity schools are exempted from righting WAEC and that others can go ahead and write the exams, he responded: ‘For clarity, Mallam said, the 104 schools are not available.

He does not have control over the governors, it will be unconstitutional to say he can tell the governors what to do.

You have heard from the chairman consistently that we try to marry what we do with the governors forum.

What we do at the PTF is to have a national response, so the governors may look at the data which we also have.

It appears to me that they understand the same things we are doing but we do not want to impose anything on them.’

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