All we gathered from reactions to WAEC’s announcement on new examination dates

Nigerian students may have gotten a jolt back to reality following the announcement that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would now hold from August 4 till September 5, 2020.

 

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba who disclosed on Monday that the detailed schedule for the country would be published soon, added that a deliberation meeting with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers would be held on Tuesday.

The Regional Examination body, WAEC had in April postponed the conduct of its annual test for graduating students in secondary schools indefinitely, in a bid to curb the further spread of the novel coronavirus disease. The new development is, however, showing the Federal Government’s current approach in coping with the virus and a distinct attempt to ease Nigerians into normalcy slowly. 

Speaking at the daily media briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Nwajiuba also encouraged interested students to register for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations administered by the National Examinations Council (NECO), expected to take place immediately after the WASSCE.

For Nigerian students on social media, the new development appears not to be going well with them as some are complaining that they have to read and prepare hastily for the exams in just one month.

 

Many also mentioned that the pandemic would ensure social distancing is practised in the exam halls, making it difficult for those that want to cheat during the exams.

 

Some also complained about the timing of the exams, stating that based on the fact that NECO was scheduled to hold immediately after the WAEC exams, makes things more strenuous.

 

Others also drew attention to the fact that the Oyo Governor, Seyi Makinde had suggested the resumption of school activities for the JSS3 and SS3 students but was mocked by Nigerians. They alluded that he had the foresight and should be given due accolades. 

 

The Federal Government has however stated that further information on the details of the examinations would be communicated to Nigerians in due time.

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