Federal Government (FG) and State Commissioners are planning to meet over school reopening.
A meeting to consider the possibility of reopening schools is set to hold between the federal government, the State Commissioners for Education, National Association of Private School Proprietors and other critical stakeholders on 30th July, 2020.
The minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba revealed this during the Presidential Task force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He explained that the meeting would examine the level of compliance with the guidelines set by the Federal Ministry of Education for the schools.
Nwajuiba revealed that the government was working towards ensuring that students sin their terminal, classes participate in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WAEC), scheduled for 4th August to 5th September, 2020.
He said that WAEC has insisted on going on with the examination in four other African countries and that Nigeria would be joining in as well, saying that the option of the November General Certificate in Examination (GCE) for Nigeria to join was not going to be suitable.
He also said that there was still a chance of shifting Nigerian languages, which are meant to hold before other general papers taken by candidates from the five West African countries.
Nwajuiba said: “WAEC was unable to wholesomely move the exams but we have also worked out negotiated timeline with WAEC such that what we call peculiar Nigerian subjects which in the language of WAEC are subjects that are only held in Nigeria-Igbo Language, Hausa Language, and Yoruba Language.
“Ghanaians have their own but they are all in the first part of the timetable. We will now work out a domestication module that will take our peculiar subjects behind after we have done generals.”
“This will buy us the time we need for all of us to be able to be at par with the rest of West Africa for the examinations to be written at the same time,” he added.