Latest: WAEC May Postpone 2020 WASSCE Exams – Federal Govt
The federal government has disclosed that the management of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is considering postponing the date of the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This was revealed by the director of information at the federal ministry of education Ben Goong, on Friday, July 17. Mr. Goong further disclosed that discussions will continue with four other countries to determine a new date for the examination.
He also disclosed that schools have been given till July 29, 2020, to ensure that their facilities are ready for resumption in line with the guidelines issued by the ministry of education for the safe reopening of places of learning. A decision would be taken after the July 29 deadline on the resumption of schools for all categories of learners.
Earlier: WAEC Announces Official SSCE Exam Date
After three months of postponement, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has announced August 4, 2020, as the kick-off date for this year’s school examination.
Minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who revealed this at the routine presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday said the examination will end on September 5.
According to the minister, after WAEC examination, that of the National Examination Council (NECO) and the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) will hold.
“Last week, the chairman of the PTF announced that school facilities would be available for those who want to go into revision classes. As soon as we conclude WAEC, we’ll take up the NABTEB and NECO examinations.
“The idea here is that we have a whole month from now till then. The states that are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise.
“We’ve done the most we can with our representative at WAEC and we have this afternoon confirmed that the dates allotted for the exams will be from the 4th of August through to the 5th of September. Local timings will be published.
“From tomorrow, this is part of what we’re taking into our concluding stakeholders’ meeting tomorrow with NCDC, Nigeria Union of Teachers. Everybody will conclude this stakeholders’ meeting tomorrow and these dates are what were going to take into those.
“We’ll be asking that those who are not prepared yet to please go and prepare.”
Earlier: WAEC Postpones May/June SSCE Exam Indefinitely
The 2020 May/June Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) has been postponed infinitely by the West African Examination Council (WAEC). This was made known by the West African Examinations Council in a statement on Friday.
In the statement, the WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, stated categorically that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, has been postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Areghan said the timetable for the examination would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic situation improves.
Excerps of the statement read, “The West African Examinations Council in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.
“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.
“This decision is a demonstration of the organization’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”