The federal government has announced that secondary schools in the country will reopen on August 4, 2020, for students in exit classes to sit for their examinations.
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The government said students will have two weeks to prepare for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which the government said will commence on August 17.
The decision comes at the end of a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
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Ben Goong, Director, Press and Public Relations, federal ministry of education, in a statement after the meeting, said:
“Stakeholders at 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.
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“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 of safe reopening, as agreed.
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“Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow 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.”