The Federal Government has given a go-ahead for the resumption of all secondary schools in the country by August 4th, 2020. However, the resumption is for only SS3 students writing the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, and the National Examinations Council, NECO.
This was contained in a statement by the Director of Press and Information of the ministry, Bem Goong. According to him, This was part of the unanimous decisions reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
The statement stated that students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) which will now commence 17th 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 preparations for safe reopening, as agreed.
The statement also stated that a meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.