The residence Committee on fundamental schooling and offerings, on Friday rejected the Federal government’s selection now not to let college students of secondary faculties within the usa, to participate in this 12 months’s West African Secondary college certificates Examinations, WASSCE.
The Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere(APC-Edo), in a press declaration he in my view signed on behalf of his Committee, stated the Committee turned into bowled over and dissatisfied with the aid of the choice.
“The residence Committee on primary education and services, received with amazement the statement by the Honourable Minister of education that Nigerian students might no longer be participating in the impending WASSCE examinations.
He did no longer tell the country if this become in agreement with different West African leaders or in session with the exam our bodies, the state governments and other stakeholders inside the training region. The Minister additionally did now not also inform the public if the decision was the final results of a meeting with all state Governments that are in charge of all but the solidarity Secondary schools which can be owned via the Federal government.
“The Hon. Minister of country, in his normally consultative and participatory approach, had briefed the country on the Covid 19 presidential Committee briefing, over the airwaves and in an look earlier than the residence Committee on simple schooling, where he confident Nigerians that each one steps had or had been being taken to make sure full compliance with all Covid 19 protocols.
“This unexpected policy reversal isn’t always precise for the usa. It is certain to create in addition confusion inside the schooling sector, create disappointment and suspicion amongst parents, frustrate the scholars, and show to our development companions and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations in the area are most effective getting worse”, he stated.
Consistent with him, “The reversal additionally indicates that our policy makers may also simply be adopting a laid-lower back method to the need to confront the unconventional coronavirus instead of taking proactive and innovative steps to manipulate and incorporate it.
“The residence Committe disagrees with the Honourable Minister, and believes that a reconsideration is urgently needed to keep our educational device on the subsequent grounds”.
He stated the Committee turned into rejecting the coverage based on the fact that Nigeria became now not the simplest usa taking part in the exam, among six different reasons.
His words: “Nigeria is not the handiest us of a expected to jot down the examination in the midst of Covid 19;
Nigeria need to insist that the examination be based totally solely on the already included syllabus of colleges; the Federal Ministry have to no longer hen out of its responsibilities but take fee, offer coverage course, have interaction the states and other stakeholders; WAEC must quadruple its invigilators and use all classrooms and occasion centres to conduct the examination and observe covid protocols; the ministry of technological know-how and era in addition to the Ministries of surroundings and health need to at once work out an time table to fumigate all school rooms, provide handwashing buckets with cleaning soap and water, and facemasks to all college students; the authentic plan of establishing hostels for boarding to facilitate so-referred to as revision classes need to be cancelled at once and the students need to come from home, write the paper and disperse immediately”. He called on Mr . President, to “direct all his ministers to go back to their states, work with the Governors and ensure the easy implementation of the coverage and conduct of the examination”.
He introduced that “The residence Committee appreciates the reservations of the Honourable Minister of training. We’re dad and mom similar to him. No Nigerian figure might need to postpone, distort, even terminate the progress in their youngsters.
We are convinced that if our policy of no boarding residence, reconceptualising scope of exams, use of all classrooms and halls in the colleges, quadrupling the range of invigilators, provision of facemasks, sanitizers and hand washing centers are observed, the WASSCE may be performed effortlessly and without a repercussions. Allow us to collectively save and increase our instructional device and construct a destiny we can be all proud of”.