Introduction it’s a notorious incontrovertible fact that Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had said that Nigeria won’t participate during this year’s edition of the yearly West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after last Wednesday’s Virtual meeting of the Federal council meeting, Mallam Adamu said aside from the very fact that the yearly WASSCE might not hold this year, schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education won’t be opened on August 4 or any time soon. Mallam Adamu emphasized that the West African Examination Council, WAEC, created by the previous Colonial Administrators to serve Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone |African country|African nation”> Sierra Leone , Liberia and Gambia, which has been administering the annual Regional Examination within the last 68 years, cannot unilaterally determine when Nigerian schools will resume.
According to the Minister, “…Our schools will only open once we believe it’s safe for our kids which is when things is true , not when the incidence of the (Covid-19) infection goes up within the nation. I just want to form it clear. we’ll not open soon for examination or for any reason, even WASSCE unless it’s safe for our youngsters . WAEC won’t determine for us what to try to to . Schools will remain closed”. He added: “…I also will wish to use this position to appeal to those states that have already announced reopening. i feel it’s not safe. I feel liable for all children, not just those in Federal Government-controlled schools. Please let’s save our youngsters from this. One infested child is enough to infest an entire class. once they close from class, they are going into the Dormitories. this is often not the proper time to open schools. I appeal to the states that have already announced (reopening) to reconsider it”.
This new position by Mallam Adamu is in sharp contrast to the sooner statement by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Ckukwuemeka Nwajiuba, to the effect that schools are going to be reopened on August 4. The WASSCE is an annual examination for final year Secondary Schools in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia. About 1.5 million Nigerian students who have registered for admission into various tertiary institutions within the country are expecting WAEC examination results for admission into the University of their choice. albeit the Hon. Minister of Education insisted that it had been not safe to re-open the varied institutions within the face of the increasing wave of Covid-19 pandemic, he didn’t indicate when it’ll be safe for Nigerian students who are staying reception since March 23 to participate within the annual examination. When will Covid-19 disappear? To make certain Covid-19 are going to be with us for an extended time to return . Like Small Pox, Malaria, Influenza, flu, Leprosy and Cholera, it’s going to not be completely exterminated from planet earth. meaning that Nigerians need to manage Covid-19 pandemic an equivalent way because the world has been managing previous pandemics. We must be ready in the least times to abide by rules and guidelines issued by WHO. the great news from England that its Scientists are on the verge of developing a vaccine to combat the pandemic notwithstanding, the vaccine might not be available until June next year. Even then, it certainly won’t be available in sufficient quantity for the planet next year. From history, pandemics had been tackled over the ages by counting on social distancing which Nigeria has embraced and are practising. This has been applied to churches, mosques, weddings and lots of elections in Nigeria. the way to get Nigeria to participate in 2020 WASSCE it’s my firm belief that the longer term of those 1.5 million young Nigerians who have registered for WAEC shouldn’t be put in jeopardy. it’s a well known incontrovertible fact that all schools, colleges and tertiary institutions within the country are currently pack up . This affords the federal the chance to use them for WAEC examination. What the govt should do is to organize the empty rooms for WAEC examination – fumigate the halls and therefore the premises, use mask , provide sanitizers and make sure that WHO rules are obeyed to the letter. The WAEC Law The WAEC Law provides for a National Committee of WAEC altogether the five countries. thereupon at the rear of our minds, one would have expected that this matter should are haunted by the National Committee of WAEC in Nigeria and therefore the general body in Ghana before the declaration to withdrawal Nigeria from taking the examination. Conclusion One continues to wonder why the opposite four countries under the WAEC umbrella haven’t cancelled the WASSCE in their respective countries. Are the opposite four countries not suffering from Covid-19? What steps have the opposite countries taken which might enable them to require WEAC examination which we cannot take? Why is Nigeria the sole country out of 5 that’s coitus interruptus of the annual examination? Are we saying that other four countries don’t appreciate the lives of their students? Why was the difficulty not turned over to the Nigeria body of WAEC or the overall body of WAEC in Accra before the declaration of withdrawal to Nigeria? Did the Hon. Minister take into consideration the moral and legal implication of Nigeria as a signatory to WAEC laws or the effect of such unilateral declaration of withdrawal? All that’s required to require the WAEC examination is proper management, consultation and discussion rather than unilateral cancellation of annual international convention. If the federal insists that there would be no WASSCE this year, the scholars aren’t just losing one civil year , but losing an integral a part of their entire lives which is gone forever by such declaration. we should always always remember that in any case , “time is life and life is time”. A year of idleness for 1.5 million people may breed frustration and promote criminality. The federal should allow the WASSCE Examination to take place than keeping our children at home lots of corruption