Nigerian students may have gotten a jolt back to reality following the announcement that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would now hold from August 4 till September 5, 2020.
BREAKING: The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) tests for graduating students will now hold from August 4 till September 5, according to the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba.
— Channels Television (@channelstv) July 6, 2020
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba who disclosed on Monday that the detailed schedule for the country would be published soon, added that a deliberation meeting with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers would be held on Tuesday.
The Regional Examination body, WAEC had in April postponed the conduct of its annual test for graduating students in secondary schools indefinitely, in a bid to curb the further spread of the novel coronavirus disease. The new development is, however, showing the Federal Government’s current approach in coping with the virus and a distinct attempt to ease Nigerians into normalcy slowly.
Speaking at the daily media briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Nwajiuba also encouraged interested students to register for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations administered by the National Examinations Council (NECO), expected to take place immediately after the WASSCE.
For Nigerian students on social media, the new development appears not to be going well with them as some are complaining that they have to read and prepare hastily for the exams in just one month.
Waec is starting soon? pic.twitter.com/2SCxEdO7iz
— TAF!! (@Itsfuckingwinn1) July 7, 2020
— Anjelica (@anjelica_asika) July 6, 2020
Many also mentioned that the pandemic would ensure social distancing is practised in the exam halls, making it difficult for those that want to cheat during the exams.
WAEC begins next month. Imagine social distancing in exam halls ??
— Azeez Olajide ❼ (@zeezish_) July 6, 2020
Who ever passes this WAEC is really intelligent and deserves a scholarship, Because the social distancing in the exam hall will be very long. Maybe like 10 people in 1 class that normally take 60 people. Click https://t.co/aXwRlPEiux to get updates on#WAEC Timetable pic.twitter.com/H5uEqYuzpK
— SabiTeach (@sabiteachers) July 7, 2020
Some also complained about the timing of the exams, stating that based on the fact that NECO was scheduled to hold immediately after the WAEC exams, makes things more strenuous.
WAEC exams will take place between August 4 and September 5, 2020 — Minister of State for Education,
Me:-So that means NECO is immediately after WAEC?
Thank God say we don finish sec school??? pic.twitter.com/zPvUExfyCM
— abdull_a (@abdull_a_10) July 7, 2020
Others also drew attention to the fact that the Oyo Governor, Seyi Makinde had suggested the resumption of school activities for the JSS3 and SS3 students but was mocked by Nigerians. They alluded that he had the foresight and should be given due accolades.
Weeks back, when H.E., Gov. Seyi Makinde announced the resumption of Oyo State students in terminal classes, he was called names, for their own lack of foresight & governance skills. WAEC has now fixed August 4 – September 5 for exams.
Swallow your pride & give it to this man. pic.twitter.com/G8ulQbeWAE
— Francis Adeboye (@FrancisAdeboye) July 6, 2020
When Seyi Makinde asked SSS 3, & JSS 3 students to resume the other day, BMC and Oyo Opposition led the attack against him. I remember they asked him if WAEC is going to conduct separate exams in Oyo State. Lol
I wonder how they are feeling right now that WAEC has releases date.
— Premier (@SodiqTade) July 6, 2020
The Federal Government has however stated that further information on the details of the examinations would be communicated to Nigerians in due time.
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