COVID-19: FG makes U-Turn on resumption for JSS 3, SSS 3 students, pulls out of WASSCE

The Federal Government on Wednesday has cancelled earlier plans to reopen schools to enable pupils in Primary Six, Junior Secondary School (JSS,III) and Senior Secondary School (SSS,III) write their final examinations.

Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu announced that SSS,III pupils will not be joining students from neighboring countries in writing the upcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.

In a chat with reporters at the State House after the seventh weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the minister said there is no date for resumption of schools yet.

He appealed to state governments that had announced reopening of schools to reconsider their decision for the sake of the pupils’ safety.

He said, “We will not open soon for examination or for any reason, unless it is safe for our children, even WAEC. WAEC will not determine for us what we do. Schools will remain closed.

“One infected child is enough to infect a whole class. When they close from class, they go into the dormitory.

When asked if Nigeria will be the only country to miss out of the WAEC examinations, he said: “As minister of Education, if I’m given the chance, I don’t mind Nigeria losing a whole school year than exposing our children to danger. WAEC is a parastatal of the Ministry of Education.



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