The federal government (FG) of Nigeria has declared 4th August as resumption date for exit classes. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of Education through a press statement that was signed by its Director for Press and Public Relations, Ben Goong.
This is in a bid to enable students prepare for the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination which is scheduled to commence on the 17th of August, 2020. The decision ws reached after a meeting held between the Federal Ministry of Education, the Commissioner for Education in each of the 36 states of the Federation, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
The full re-opening of schools was howerver not discussed. All other learners not affected by this news should remain at home. This decision is to curb the spread of covid-19 virus which continues to spread across the nation.
The reopening of exit classes came as a surprise to most parents, teachers, and students. As you may well recall, it was just a couple of weeks ago that the Federal Government suspended a previously-announced reopening of schools under its jurisdiction. The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, had earlier advised WAEC to suspend its examinations. He also urged state governments to toe the line of the federal government because it wasn’t the right time to reopen schools. According to him, it would be preferable for the students to lose an academic year than to be exposed to COVID-19.
The news came as a relieve to most Nigerians, especially school owners and teachers who depend on school activities to feed and take care of their families. Due to the total lockdown of schools, many Nigerians have been left stranded with no food. Most of them had to take up private lessons in order to fend for themselves. The partial reopening of schools would alleviate their sufferings.