Nigeria Announces New Date For WAEC Exam

The Federal government has announced August 17 has new date for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The spokesperson of the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Gooong, said this in a press release on Monday.

According to Mr Gooong, SS3 students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the WASSCE, conducted by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

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The government had earlier reversed the guidelines on conduct of the examination saying that no Nigerian school will participate in the WASSCE earlier scheduled for August 5 to September 5.

The decisions were to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students who usually gather in large numbers during the yearly examination.

However, Mr Gooong said the reopening of schools is a unanimous decision reached today ( Monday) at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and chief executives of the examination bodies.

“Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from August 4, 2020, for exit classes only. It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break,” he said.

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