Schools reopen August 4, WASSCE begins August 17, says FG

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The Federal Government announced on Monday that secondary schools in the country will reopen on August 4, 2020.

The reopened schools will, however, affect only pupils in graduation classes, Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3, to enable them sit for their examinations.

The Federal Government announced this at the end of a virtual consultative meeting held on Monday.

The meeting  was held between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, the proprietors of private schools and chief executives of examination bodies.

Also, the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), organised by the West Africa Examination Council, will commence on 17th of August, 2020.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, read partly,

“Stakeholders at the meeting agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.

“The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and public -spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fasttrack the preparations of safe reopening, as agreed.

“Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates.

“These which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.”

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