Leke Baiyewu and Tobi Aworinde
The Residence of Representatives has faulted the Federal Authorities’s choice to suspend the view to partially reopen schools for pupils in very most life like classes to clutch external examinations.
The Committee on Traditional Training and Services and products criticised the selection to disallow Nigerian pupils from sitting the West African Senior Secondary Certificates Examination to be performed by the West African Examinations Council for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Faculties in any respect phases had been shut attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Presidential Task Pressure on COVID-19 had earlier in June stated the Federal Authorities, in what it known as “safe reopening of colleges,” had licensed resumption of pupils in graduating classes, including Predominant 6, Junior Secondary College 3 and the Senior Secondary College 3.
Later, the Minister of Notify for Training, Emeka Nwajiuba, at some stage in the clicking briefing by the PTF launched that the 2020 WASSCE would shield between August 4 and September 5.
However the Minister of Training, Adamu Adamu, at the pause of a assembly of the Federal Govt Council presided over by the President, Predominant Total Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday stated all federal schools would live closed till it became as soon as safe to reopen them.
Adamu also urged state governments that had launched schools resumption plans to rescind such.
Reacting to the boost, chairman of the committee, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, nonetheless, expressed the displeasure of the lawmakers in a assertion issued on Friday titled “WASSCE may per chance peaceable not be cancelled.”
Ihonvbere stated, “The Residence Committee on Traditional Training and Services and products received with amazement, the announcement by the Minister of Training that Nigerian college students wouldn’t be participating in the drawing shut WASSCE.
“He failed to instruct the nation if this became as soon as in agreement with assorted West African leaders or in session with the examination our bodies, the state governments and various stakeholders in the education sector.
“This unexpected policy reversal will not be honest for the nation. It’s slouch to originate further confusion in the education sector, originate disappointment and suspicion amongst of us, frustrate the college students and gift to our construction partners and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations in the sector are very most life like getting worse.
“The reversal also shows that our policymakers may per chance factual be adopting a laid-encourage capability to the deserve to confront the unconventional coronavirus rather then taking proactive and inventive steps to encourage watch over and beget it.”
Ihonvbere acknowledged that the committee disagreed with Adamu and “believes that a reconsideration is urgently wished to set apart our educational machine.”
Also, aged Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Friday known as on the Federal Authorities to rethink its choice that pupils can not resume college or participate in the West African Senior College Certificates Examination attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.
On the opposite hand, Atiku, in a assertion on Friday, indicated his disapproval “as a father or mother and investor in the education sector”, asserting the policy of “unilaterally cancelling the WASSCE, which 1.5 million Nigerian youths clutch yearly, will not be in Nigeria’s finest passion.”
The aged Vice-President told the Federal Authorities to undertake assorted ideas that enabled graduating pupils in senior secondary college to clutch the exam, whereas warning that Nigerians may per chance resort to crossing borders to take a seat down down the exam in neighbouring nations.
He stated, “Rather than the cancellation, there are higher programs to offer protection to the health of Nigerians and prevent the pandemic from escalating. We may per chance mobilise all readily accessible public and non-public infrastructures, including well-known schools, stadia, and cinemas, for the examinations.”
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