Nigeria to resume exit classes for final year students of secondary schools on August 4.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced on Monday afternoon that classes for Nigerian final year secondary school pupils are to resume on August 4th, 2020.
The announcement was made by the Federal Ministry of Education through a press statement that was signed by its Director for Press and PR , Ben Goong. This arrangement is to enable the scholars to possess 2 weeks to organize for his or her West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination which is scheduled to start out on August 17, 2020 in Nigeria.
The decision was reached during a virtual meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, the Commissioners for Education in each of the 36 states of the Federation, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of personal schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
An appeal was made by the meeting attendees to the federal government to assist the schools in their preparation towards the reopening in terms of PPEs.
This announcement has come as a surprise to most parents, teachers, and students in Nigeria. This is due to the fact that, the Federal Government had suspended a previously-announced reopening of schools under its jurisdiction a couple of weeks ago.
The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, had even advised WAEC to suspend its examinations. He also urged state governments to toe the road of the federal government, because it wasn’t the proper time to reopen the faculties. He asserted that, it would be better for the students to lose an academic year than to become exposed to COVID-19.
National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools of Nigeria (NAPPS) however, has commended the Federal Government for approving the reopening of secondary schools. In a statement yesterday, NAPPS President Yomi Otubela, said the news was cheering for students, parents, teachers, school owners and other stakeholders.
The association promised to make safety a priority by ensuring that staff, students and visitors adhere strictly to the safety protocols and COVID-19 guidelines. “We shall use the chance of this resumption to assess the workability of safety protocols that exist in schools and hope that we will use the success of it to make sure other students fully resume as soon as possible”, the president added.