The Federal Government has announced a shift in date of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) billed for August 4 to September 5, 2020, CAMPUS GIST reports.
The shift of the 2020 WASSCE was announced by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST on Friday.
He said the development was a fallout of a meeting between the federal government and representatives of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Nigeria.
CAMPUS GIST recalls that WAEC had earlier announced August 4 – September 5 as date for the 2020 WASSCE amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It was, however, opposed by the federal government with a declaration that Nigerian final year secondary school students won’t participate in the exams.
But in a statement on Friday, the education minister said the federal government and WAEC, Nigeria have agreed to shift the Aug-Sept date for the 2020 WASSCE to a new date to be announced later.
He explained that the decision was the outcome of a meeting between the Federal Government and officials of WAEC’s Nigeria office on Monday noting that both parties have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date.
The minister also revealed that the government has given school owners in the country till July 29, 2020 to meet specific guidelines towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.
Nwajiuba urged the schools to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to state Ministries of Education, not later than July 29, 2020.