FEDERAL government has approved partial resumption of schools in the country after a lockdown since April 2020, an action taken by the government as a preventive measure against the spread of the Coronavirus in the society as done by most countries around the world.
In a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Education on Monday 27th July and signed by Ben Bem Goong, Director, Press and Public Relations after a virtual consultative meeting between the Hon Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and all the key stakeholders, all secondary schools in the country shall resume academic activities August 4, 2020 but exclusively for final year (SS3) students preparing for the West African Examinations Council, WAEC and the National Examinations Council, NECO.
The resolution also states that students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020.
“Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only.
“Students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020.
“It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah holiday, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of 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 reads.
The stakeholders include 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 virtual summit also resolved to convene another meeting tomorrow, Tuesday between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonize their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.