Students Have 2 Weeks to Prepare for WAEC, as Schools Reopen August 4

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By Kuni Tyessi

Nigerian secondary school students have been given two weeks to prepare for the 2020 West African Examinations (WAEC), as schools are to reopem August 4.

This was part of the unanimous decisions reached Monday at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

A statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Bem Goong, said the meeting agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.

According to the statement, 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.

“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.

“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.”

He said another meeting would be convened Tuesday between the Federal Ministry of Education and 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.