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Reps reject minister’s cancellation of WASSCE

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The Home of Representatives on Friday disagreed with the Minister of Schooling, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on the cancellation of the West African Senior Secondary Faculty Examinations, insisting that motion was aimed toward truncating the way forward for Nigerian youngsters.

Chairman of the Home Committee on Fundamental Schooling, Prof Julius Ihonbvare, who made the place of the Home recognized in a press release in Abuja mentioned the announcement by the minister was completed with out due session with related stakeholders within the schooling sector.

He mentioned the Schooling Minister didn’t inform the nation if his choice was in settlement with different West African leaders or in session with the examination our bodies, the state governments and different stakeholders within the schooling sector.

He mentioned: “The minister additionally didn’t additionally inform the general public, if the choice was the result of a gathering with all state governments which might be in command of all, however the unity secondary colleges which might be owned by the federal authorities.

“The Minister of State, in his normally consultative and participatory strategy, had briefed the nation on the Covid 19 Presidential Committee briefing over the airwaves and in an look earlier than the Home Committee on Fundamental Schooling the place he assured Nigerians that every one steps had or have been being taken to make sure full compliance with all Covid 19 protocols.

“This sudden coverage reversal shouldn’t be good for the nation. It’s certain to create additional confusion within the schooling sector, create disappointment and suspicion amongst dad and mom, frustrate the scholars and present to our growth companions and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations within the sector are solely getting worse.

“The reversal additionally exhibits that our policymakers could be adopting a laid-back strategy to the necessity to confront the novel coronavirus moderately than taking proactive and inventive steps to handle and include it.

“The Home Committee disagrees with the minister and believes {that a} reconsideration is urgently wanted to avoid wasting our instructional system on the next grounds that Nigeria shouldn’t be the one nation anticipated to put in writing the examination within the midst of Covid-19.

“Nigeria ought to insist that the examination be primarily based solely on the already coated syllabus of faculties; the Federal Ministry mustn’t hen out of its obligations however take cost, present coverage route, interact the states and different stakeholders, whereas the WAEC ought to quadruple its invigilators and use all school rooms and occasion centres to conduct the examination and adjust to Covid-19 protocols.”

Story by Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

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