School resumption postponed again, WASSCE affected

Adamu Adamu, Nigerian Education Minister

The Nigerian Federal Government has announced the postponement of the planned resumption of schools.

It has also stopped students in schools from participating in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) earlier rescheduled for 4th August to 5th September.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister said federal schools would remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.

He also urged state governments that have announced school resumption plans to rescind such.

Adamu stated that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to heath dangers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Since late March, schools in Nigeria had been shut as part of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

It is not immediately clear if states that had already declared resumption date would rescind such decisions like the federal government did.

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Education is in the concurrent legislative list and states have control in some degree to determine the direction of the education sector within their domains.

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