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South West Governors insist on school reopening for SS3 students to participate in WASSCE

In their resolve to ensure the Senior Secondary School 3 ( SSS3) students partake in the coming West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) in August, the six South West Governors have resolved to reopen schools soon.

The resolve of the six governors is in shape contrast to those of 19 Northern States governors who have announced their support for the federal government cancellation of the WASSCE for Nigerian students this year due to the Corona virus pandemic ravaging the nation.

This agreement to proceed on school reopening by the south West Governors was reached at a virtual meeting by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission on Tuesday.

Commissioners, Special Advisers on Education and SUBEB chairmen reached an agreement to reopen schools for SS3 students to write their final examinations at the end of the meeting.

The States are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.

The agreement was contained in a statement by the DAWN Commission which indicated that all the states will reopen schools for SS3 students by August 3 with COVID-19 preventive measures in place.

According to the statement, the states will approach the Federal Government, at the first instance, to seek postponement of the WASCE by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption date.

As part of its its plan also, states are to directly approach the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to seek postponement of the examination to August 24.

In ensuring safety of students on resumption in schools, the document also stated that all schools are to appoint incident managers and classroom wardens.

There will also be designation of quality assurance department for each state to issue a safety compliance certificate to each school before reopening.

The state will also encourage intensive advocacy campaigns to stakeholders including parents, teachers, caregivers, school owners and pupils on what is expected of them when schools resume.

The meeting also called on the WAEC to encourage Computer-Based Tests (CBT) in the future.

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