South-West states, Ebonyi, Cross River on collision course with FG- WASSCE

• WAEC consulting other W’African countries on WASSCE date – Minister

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. The south states are ready for WASSCE, propose Aug 3 for SSS3 resumption

Information gathered was 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 SSS3 – 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.

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