The House Committee on Basic Education and Services has asked the Federal Government not to cancel the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The Chairman of the committee, Julius Ihonvbere (APC-Edo), made this know in a statement.
According to him, the position of the committee is that it should not be canceled. He said the committee was amazed at the announcement by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, where he stated that Nigerian students would not be participating in the 2020 WASSCE.
The lawmaker said the minister did not inform the country if the position was in agreement with other West African leaders or in consultation with the examination bodies, the state governments, and other stakeholders in the education sector.
He stated that the reversal is not good for the country as it will create further confusion in the education sector as well as frustrate students.
The lawmaker recommended that WAEC quadruple its invigilators and use all classrooms and event centres to conduct the examination and comply with COVID-19 protocols and liaise with the Ministries of Environment and Health to find a way to fumigate classrooms, provide buckets with soap and water, and face masks for students
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all ministers to return to their states to work with the governors to ensure smooth implementation of the policy and conduct of the examination.