Due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the indefinite postponement of the 2019/2020 West African Senior Secondary certificate Examination and the National Examination Council.
This was made known by the minister of state for education, chukwuemeka Nwajiuba during the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, April 21. Both examinations were scheduled for May and June 2020.
The minister also revealed that 15 states had already started electronic learning for pupils on their local television and radio channels following the stay-at-home orders of the federal and state governments. the Minister stated that government was making efforts towards reopening schools. He however added that nobody can reopen schools until all efforts are coordinated by the government.
Nwajiuba seized the opportunity to appeal to parents to cooperate with the government in ensuring that their children are made available to learn at the designated hours and channels.
He said, “We have announced that WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed. This postponement is indefinite at the moment. We will also be looking at what we will do for schools to reopen. As you recall, we asked that schools be vacated in the last part of march 2020 as soon as this pandemic broke out.
“The lockdown in various parts of the country will definitely affect whether students and teachers come to school or not. So nobody can reopen schools until we have coordinated all efforts. We are also asking parents to help us.
“We have made provisions available online. The Directorate of Information and Communication Technology in conjunction with the Universal Basic Education Commission, the coordinating agency, will anchor an alliance with State Universal Basic Education Boards in all the states so that they can key into our design.
“About 15 states have already commenced learning via different channels that are available in their states, mostly local TV and radio. All the programmes they are running are approved by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Commission. Some of those states are Anambra, Lagos, Kaduna, Ondo, Edo, and Ogun. There are different education programme for different times”
Finally, the Minister expressed that reaching to pupils who are living in the rural communities without devices to learn is the biggest challenge. He said, “Our biggest challenge is how to reach children who do not have devices. We are working with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria to install some of that for primary and secondary school students.”