The federal government has said it may allow SS3 students to sit for the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) in November if they are excluded from writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made the disclosure during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja. Nwajiuba said sitting for the GCE may become the only option for Nigerian students.
He said writing the GCE may be the only option for SS3 students if the West African Examination Council (WAEC) proceeds with the WASSCE scheduled to take place between August 4 and September 5. According to the minister, if Nigeria cannot convince WAEC to shift its examinations for any reason at all, then sitting for the GCE may become the only option for Nigerian students.
Recall that the federal ministry of Education ordered the closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country as part of measures to contain the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation known as OpenFees has said if Nigeria can manage to conduct elections into political offices despite the COVID-19 pandemic, students should not be stopped from writing the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The group in a statement issued on Sunday, July 19, in Abuja, cautioned the federal government not to play politics with the education of youth, This Day reported
The organisation said it would be possible for junior secondary schools 3 (JSS3) and senior secondary 3 (SS3) to write their exams if the government can invest half the time and resources it wants to use to conduct elections, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
In another report, Private universities in Nigeria have asked the federal government to permit them to reopen for academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The institutions made the request in a letter addressed to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Daily Trust reported. The universities through the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Private Universities (CVCPU), warned that the academic calendar would be seriously affected if universities remain closed beyond one more month. According to the vice-chancellors, the continuous closure of the universities could hamper the productive future of students. The vice-chancellors noted that they have decided to put in place the COVID-19 safety protocols that can make private universities reopen and operate safely.