Stakeholders in the education sector disagree with FG ‘s position on WAEC

Education Stakeholders disagree with FG 's position on WAEC

WAEC Update: Stakeholders in the education sector disagree with FG ‘s position on WAEC.. Some educational stakeholders on Thursday expressed divergent views on the postponement of the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in Nigeria by the Federal Government because of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

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The stakeholders also spoke in separate interviews with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Lagos about the 
suspension of partial resumption of certain categories of students at secondary and technical schools, including primary school pupils.

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NAN reports that the Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, declared on Wednesday that the students in the Country would not sit for the SSCE, being organized by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Mr Simeon Fowowe, National President of the Nigerian Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors (ANPEIN), said schools should remain closed if the government is not sure about the safety and protection of the students and pupils.
“The one able to write exams is a healthy and safe child. This challenge of not writing WAEC will subsequently promote the National Examinations Council (NECO), as WAEC is a Western African examination body”.
“Government can make a special request from the other member countries of WAEC, so that all the students from the affected nations can write the examinations when it is safe for them,” he said.
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Prof. Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, the Provost, Adeniran Ogunsanya Education College (AOCOED), Ijanikin, Lagos, faulted the government’s decision to prevent students from taking the examination.

The school was described by Lafiaji-Okuneye as the best organized setting and starting point for educating students on how to protect themselves from COVID 19.

Government has opened the markets and many people go to market every day without following the directives of the government.

“I recently went to Idumota Market on Lagos Island and there were less than 20 people wearing masks without anyone directing the traders on what to do”.

“Schools should be asked to resume by obeying the protocols of the government but any principal, teacher or proprietor who does not follow the instruction of the government should be sanctioned,” she said.

Mr. Adedoyin Adesina, Chairman of the Nigeria Teachers Union, Lagos State Wing, said the government’s suspension of school examination and partial resumption was designed to prevent students from contracting the virus.

Adesina told the Nigerians that only living people could write an examination, adding that the virus had increased worldwide on a daily basis.

“Some of the students might have underlying health issues that may not be identified to their schools; everyone should know that wellbeing is wealth”.

“It is quite disappointing that at some stage the students had hoped to graduate and finish their exams, but the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many issues”.

“The essence of writing the exam is moving on and not being exposed to the virus; I pray that everything will be resolved,” he said”.

Mr Steven Adesemoye, lecturer in Mass Communication at Lagos State Polytechnic, expressed support for the suspension of the examination by the Government.

According to him, there is still things the schools have to do or show readiness to exam.

Adesemoye said Nigerians needed to face the reality as COVID-19 cases were on the increase and people were dying every day.

“In this situation we must first be sure of the safety and protection of people’s health, or let education pause for now, or run the exam online”.

“The pandemic is global, and the sanity of lives should be more important to us”.
“Faced with the pandemic, education companies are failing, no doubt about it. But the value of the entire business can not be compared to the loss of human life, “he said.

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