The West African Examination Council WAEC has recognised the decision of the Nigerian Government to stop final year students from writing the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
On Wednesday, the minister of Education, Adamu Adamu announced that the Nigerian SS3 students wouldn’t participate in the forthcoming WAEC Examination.
Adamu told the State House Correspondents shortly after the weeks virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, that the reason for the cancellation of the examination was to keep the students from being exposed to COVID-19.
In an interview on Thursday, Patrick Areghan the Nigerian WAEC National Office head, said the exam body respects the decision of the government, saying it is within the legitimate power of the governments of the five-member countries to make such decisions.
Areghan said the examination body was still reviewing the situation and that it would update the public as son as final decisions are taken.
He said he could not speak on whether the examination would continue in the other four countries or not until the ‘coast is clear’.
Areghan said, “We cannot make any categorical statement for now. We are operating in five-member countries and we cooperate with the government. We recognise the fact that the government has the right and power to take positions, and we cannot confront the government. We work hand in hand with the government”.
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