The House of Representatives did not agree with the federal government about the alleged cancellation of the exams for the West African Senior School Certificate 2020, which should be carried out shortly.
In its Committee on Basic Education and Services, the House was surprised to hear a statement credited to Education Minister Adamu Adamu that Nigerian students would not take the exam for fear of coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
In a press release signed by the chairman of the House Committee, Hon. Prof. Julius Ihonvbere said in Abuja on Friday that the Education Minister had not informed the country if the decision was made with other West African leaders or in consultation with the audit committees, state governments, and other interest groups in the education sector agree.
The House urged relevant ministers to immediately contact various state governments and education stakeholders to ensure a smooth exercise.
They warned that failing to conduct the audit would cause the country’s growth to fail.
Ihonvbere said: “The minister also did not inform the public whether the decision was the result of a meeting with all state governments that are responsible for everyone except the Unity Secondary Schools, which are owned by the federal government.
“The Hon. The Minister of State, in his normally advisory and participatory approach, briefed the nation on the radio waves at the Covid 19 Presidential Committee briefing and at an appearance before the House Education Committee where he assured Nigerians that all steps were or have been taken to ensure full compliance with all Covid 19 protocols.
“This sudden reversal of politics is not good for the country. It will inevitably lead to further confusion in the education sector, cause disappointment and distrust among parents, frustrate students and show our development partners and Nigerians that the sector’s distortions and disarticulations are only getting worse.
“The reversal also shows that our policymakers may only be taking a relaxed approach to tackling the novel corona virus rather than taking proactive and creative steps to manage and contain it.
“The House Committee disagrees with the Minister and believes that a re-examination is urgently needed to save our education system, as Nigeria is not the only country that is expected to be the COVID exam 19 writes. Nigeria should insist that the exam takes place solely based on the school curriculum already covered.
“The Federal Ministry should not shirk its responsibility, but assume responsibility, set political guidelines that involve states and other interest groups. The WAEC should quadruple its supervisors and use all classrooms and event centers to conduct the exam and adhere to the COVID protocols.
“The Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Environment and Health should immediately prepare an agenda to fumigate all classrooms, hand wash basins with soap and water, and face masks for all students. that the original plan to open hostels for boarding to allow for so-called revision classes should be canceled immediately and the students should come from home, write the paper and disperse immediately, and the President should instruct all his ministers to return to their states and to work with them the governors and ensure the smooth implementation of the policy and conduct the audit.
“We are parents like him. No Nigerian parent wants to delay, distort or even stop their child’s progress. We believe the WASSCE can be performed if our policy of not using a pension, re-grasping the scope of exams, using all classrooms and halls in schools, quadrupling the number of supervisors, face masks, disinfectants and Provide hand washing facilities with ease and without impact. Let us save and further develop our education system and build a future that we can all be proud of. “
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