WAEC reacts as FG makes U turn on reopening of schools :
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has commented on the decision of the Nigerian government to reverse its earlier decision to reopen schools.
The federal government had earlier said students in graduating classes would be allowed to resume ahead of examinations.
The examination body stated that the public would be updated when WAEC’s final decisions are taken. Photo credits: Vanguard
But that decision was rescinded on Wednesday, July 8, when the federal government said secondary schools under its control will not be resuming for WAEC exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regional examination body when reacting to the incident said it was still reviewing the situation and that it would make its position known soon.
WAEC’s head of Nigeria’s Office (HNO), Patrick Areghan, told Premium Times in an interview that the Nigerian government has the power to take positions on the issue.
He said the exam body was ready to work hand in hand with the government.
Areghan stated that the public would be updated when WAEC’s final decisions are taken.
Meanwhile, a group established to respond to the coronavirus in Nigeria
has urged the federal government not to reopen schools.
The group, Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, said reopening schools at this time could expose pupils, students, teachers and their families to risks of COVID-19 infection, Daily Trust reported.
Representatives of the foundation, Atedo Peterside and Abubakar Mohammed, the chairman, and the vice-chairman, in a statement on Sunday, July 5, said schools should not be reopened because of recent data showing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Anap Foundation said COVID-19 cases may further spread in schools because most schools, especially the public ones lack the resources to adhere to safety measures.
In another report, for flouting the closure directives of the federal and state governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of students, the Lagos state government has closed 10 private schools.
Channels TV reported that the director-general, office of education quality assurance, Lagos state, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led the monitoring and investigation team of the office, disclosed this during the second and third phase of the massive monitoring of private schools compliance to the directive to curb the spread of the virus.
Legit.ng gathered that Seriki-Ayeni said that a large number of private schools she visited across the state were found to have complied while the non-compliant schools have been closed.