WASSCE/pupils resumption: South-West states, Ebonyi, Cross River on collision course with FG
• South – West states ready for WASSCE, propose Aug 3 for SSS 3 resumption
• It’ s not safe for schools to resume yet, Federal Government insists
• WAEC consulting other W ’ African countries on WASSCE date – Minister
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There were strong indications on Wednesday that some state governments were on a collision course with the Federal Government over their pupils’ participation in the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
Investigations by The PUNCH showed that six South -West states , Ebonyi and Cross River states had started preparing to recall their pupils in preparation for the examination.
The plan contradicts the decision of the Federal Government , which after the Federal Executive Council meeting on July 8, said it had suspended the plan to recall graduating pupils for WASSCE .
On Monday , there was confusion over the resumption as the Federal Ministry of Education issued guidelines for the reopening of schools, but failed to indicate the resumption date .
Before the Federal Government ’ s decision at the July 8 FEC meeting , the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19, Dr Sani Aliyu, at the PTF press conference on June 29, had said , “ Pupils in graduating classes – only graduating classes ;
Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 – will be allowed to resume in preparation for examinations. ”
Amid the confusion at the federal level, some state governments on Wednesday began preparations for their pupils to sit for WASSCE .
S’ West states ready to allow pupils to sit for WASSCE – DAWN
The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria said the South – West states had signified their readiness to allow their pupils to sit for the 2020 WASSCE.
The Director General of DAWN , Seye Oyeleye, in a statement he issued on Wednesday, said the decision was part of the resolutions made by the state governments at the end of an online meeting initiated on Tuesday by the commission.
The meeting was held in collaboration with the forum of South – West education commissioners, special advisers on education and the state universal basic education board chairmen.
According to the statement , the meeting was premised on the need to jointly agree on modalities for the 2020 WASSCE, resumption of schooling activities for the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils and other allied matters .
It stated , “ The forum, after careful deliberations , considering peculiarities of each state and options available reached a consensus on the subject matters and expresses thus: On WASSCE ; state commissioners for education have signified readiness to enrol pupils for the 2019/2020 examination. ”
S’ West proposes August 3 as resumption date for SSS 3
It explained that considering the peculiarities of each state, the forum reached a consensus that at least by August 3, the SSS 3 pupils should resume .
WAEC for postponement of exam by three weeks
The forum added , “ States should approach the Federal Government at the first instance seeking the postponement of the WASSCE by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption.
At the second instance, states should directly approach WAEC ( the West African Examinations Council ) to seek an extension of the WASSCE , to week commencing August 24. ”
The forum added that all schools when reopening should have in place incident managers and that wardens should be appointed for every classroom.
It added that there would be “ intense advocacy campaigns of the stakeholders – parents , teachers , caregivers , proprietress/head teachers , and the pupils – on what is expected of them when schools resume. ”
The state governments also urged WAEC to encourage the use of computer – based tests while each state should deliberately intensify efforts and invest more in education technology.
On his part, the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Education , Castro Ezama, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said , “ Very soon the pupils will resume . We are concluding arrangements for that to happen . We have not fixed a date yet. ”
Also , the Ebonyi State Government said schools would be opened in the state between August and September .