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FG postpones WAEC, NECO indefinitely

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WEST African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) have postponed the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and the NECO exams for 2020 indefinitely.

    Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajubu, made this known yesterday in Abuja, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19.

   According to Nwajubu, the postponement was necessary in order to checkmate the spread of the virus among students and the entire Nigerian populace, adding that all schools, tertiary institutions inclusive, will remain closed until further notice.

“It is for the same reason students were asked to go home that the eternal exams were postponed. It is also for this good reason that schools will continually remain locked until such a time when the federal government deems it fit for schools to resume.” He said.

   Speaking further, the Education Minister said that the ministry has created alternated digital learning facilities to bridge education gap created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed indefinitely. The students can learn online, we have made a lot of provisions for that. The director of FCT has also opened a portal for the process and we are working with the Ministry of Information to escalate education content to provide for everyone at home.” He said.

   However, he disclosed the challenges faced by the task force and Education Ministry, stressing the need for collaborative efforts.

“Our biggest challenge is how to reach children who do not have devices. However, we are working with Federal Radio Corporation to instill some of them for primary and secondary students. In Northern Nigeria, we have a lot of out of school children, and we have been working with the Northern governors to surmount this challenge.

    “There is no device produced in Nigeria. Most of them are imported into Nigeria. People are limited by their ability to access them and we can’t provide light in every home. So what we are doing with the Ministry of Information is to make sure that some of them will be able to listen to broadcast media not just online.  If you don’t have devices, you can watch them on the television. We will work with all the state government to achieve this.

 “We’ve worked out programs with the Ministry of Information and Humanitarian Affairs and we are in the process of executing some of the contradictions. In a place like Kano State, we have to depot some Almajiri children back to Katsina.

We will disperse them. Note that whatever policy that we are going to formulate cannot just be state specific; it will be holistic.”

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