June 13, 2024

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WASSCE: FG considers Nov/Dec GCE option

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The Federal Government on Thursday said pupils in
Nigeria might be forced to sit for the General
Certificate Examination in November , if the country
failed to meet up with this year ’ s timetable for the
West African Senior School Certificate Examination .
The government explained that that might become
necessary since the West African Examination Council
could not shift its WASSCE scheduled to commence on
August 4 .
Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka
Nwajiuba , stated these while answering questions from
journalists during the press conference of the
Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 .
He , however , said that should Nigeria be able to meet
up with WAEC timetable , there was already a
negotiated timeline to move local language subjects
such as Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa as offered in Nigeria ,
behind as first written subjects , to allow all
participating countries the needed time to write the
general subjects at the same time .
Nwajiuba said , “ If you look at what the chairman of
the PTF presented in June , he said he was not giving a
date for schools resumption . He proposed that in view
of WAEC ’ s timetable , it would be advisable for those,
who could , to try and make arrangements to make use
of the available facilities and that is what is stated in
the guidelines .
“ In the guidelines , there is a checklist of the
requirements to be put in place and we have given a
cut- off date , so we can know who needs help . We need
to know if the teachers at your own location cannot be
provided with masks ; if the school is unable to do that
we need to know ahead because states that have given
date for resumption of schools are setting a timetable
along the lines we have already explained and they are
free to do this .

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