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Reps to FG: do not Cancel WASSCE exams

By Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja

The Home of Representatives Committee on Primary Schooling and Providers has appealed to the Federal Authorities to not cancel the forthcoming West African Senior College Certificates Examinations.

In a press release by the Chairman, Prof.Julius Ihonvbere, titled: “WASSCE shouldn’t be cancelled,” on Friday, the lawmakers stated stakeholders weren’t knowledgeable beforehand, and that the “coverage reversal isn’t good for the nation,” including that ” It’s certain to create additional confusion within the schooling sector.”

The assertion reads: “The Home Committee on Primary Schooling and Providers acquired with amazement the announcement by the Honourable Minister of Schooling that Nigerian college students wouldn’t be collaborating within the forthcoming WASSCE examinations.

“He didn’t inform the nation if this was in settlement with different West African leaders or in session with the examination our bodies, the state governments and different stakeholders within the schooling sector.

“The Minister didn’t additionally inform the general public if the choice was the result of a gathering with all State Governments which might be answerable for all however the Unity Secondary Colleges which might be owned by the Federal authorities.”

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The Committee Chair stated the Hon. Minister of State, in his often consultative and participatory method had briefed the nation on the Covid 19 presidential Committee briefing, over the airwaves and in an look earlier than the Home Committee on Primary Schooling the place he assured Nigerians that each one steps had or had been being taken to make sure full compliance with all Covid 19 protocols.

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“This sudden coverage reversal isn’t good for the nation. It’s certain to create additional confusion within the schooling sector, create disappointment and suspicion amongst dad and mom, frustrate the scholars, and present to our growth companions and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations within the sector are solely getting worse.

“The reversal additionally exhibits that our coverage makers could be adopting a laid-back method to the necessity to confront the novel coronavirus moderately than taking proactive and artistic steps to handle and comprise it.”

Ihonvbere stated the Home Committee disagrees with the Honourable Minister and believes {that a} reconsideration is urgently wanted to save lots of Nigeria’s academic system and listed (7) grounds on which the choice needs to be reversed and the examination efficiently carried out.

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He stated: ” Nigeria isn’t the one nation anticipated to put in writing the examination within the midst of Covid 19;

“Nigeria ought to insist that the examination be primarily based completely on the already lined syllabus of faculties;

“The Federal Ministry mustn’t hen out of its obligations however take cost, present coverage route, have interaction the states and different stakeholders;

He additional stated ‘WAEC ought to quadruple its invigilators and use all school rooms and occasion centres to conduct the examination and adjust to covid protocols;

“The ministry of Science and Expertise in addition to the Ministries of Setting and Well being ought to instantly work out an agenda to fumigate all school rooms , present handwashing buckets with cleaning soap and water, and facemasks to all college students;

“The unique plan of opening hostels for boarding to facilitate so-called revision courses needs to be cancelled instantly and the scholars ought to come from house, write the paper and disperse instantly.”

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The committee additionally stated “Mr. President ought to direct all his Ministers to return to their states, work with the Governors and make sure the easy implementation of the coverage and conduct of the examination.”

“The Home Committee appreciates the reservations of the Honourable Minister of Schooling. We’re dad and mom identical to him. No Nigerian mum or dad would wish to delay, distort, even terminate the progress of their baby.

“We’re satisfied that if our coverage of no boarding home, reconceptualising scope of exams, use of all school rooms and halls within the colleges, quadrupling the variety of invigilators, provision of facemasks, sanitizers and hand washing services are adopted, the WASSCE could be carried out with ease and with no repercussions.

“Allow us to collectively save and advance our academic system and construct a future we could be all pleased with, ” the committee stated.

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