Commonsense finally prevailed on Monday as the Federal Government rescinds its decision to shut down schools indefinitely on the premise that the Covid-19 pandemic is still lethal in its infection spree. The new decision is that schools should reopen for graduating pupils effective August 4th. It also went further to say that the 2020 West African School Certificate Examination (WAEC) would commence on August 17th.
The Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong announced this in a statement titled “Exit Classes To Reopen August 4th”. According to him, the agreed dates were part of the resolution reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education and education stakeholders across the country, including the Education Commissioners of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, proprietors of private schools and CEOs of examination bodies.
“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 namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.”