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WASSCE: Reps Call On Buhari To Order Partial Reopening Of Schools


President Muhammadu Buhari has been called on by the House of Representatives to order the partial reopening of schools across the country to allow students to sit for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

The lawmakers made this call while adopting a motion moved by Honorable Nnolim Nnaji at the plenary on Tuesday.

Recall that the decision of the Federal Government to suspend the examination was condemned by the Committee on Basic Education and Services on Friday.

Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country, schools at all levels have been shut since March.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had in June noted that it has approved the safe reopening of schools to allow students in graduating classes, including Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and the Senior Secondary School 3 prepare for their examinations.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, during a daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, had announced that the 2020 WASSCE would hold between August 4 and September 5.

But the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, at the end of a Federal Executive Council meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari noted that all federal schools in the country remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.

Adamu further stated that WAEC could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria. He alleged that the council announced the date of examination while the government was still consulting stakeholders on what to do.

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