BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Federal Government on Monday announced that SS3 and JSS3 which are exit classes in secondary schools across the country will be reopening from August 4, 2020.
This was contained in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Education with title; “EXIT CLASSES TO REOPEN AUGUST 4TH and signed by Ben Bem Goong, Director, Press and Public Relations, who stated that Students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020.
The Federal Ministry of Education explained that these were the unanimous decisions reached on Monday at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
Goong further said; “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.
“The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations safe reopening, as agreed”.
The statement also said that another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of Examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBANS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.