President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been called on by the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools to review its position on the suspension of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
Yomi Odubela, in a statement released on Monday on behalf of the association, noted that there is a need to avoid a situation where students in the country would be a force to seek for alternative ways of writing these examinations by approaching neighbouring countries so as to write the exam.
Odubela noted that the development would not be good for the image of the country.
“Private Schools under NAPPS are ready to resume with strict adherence to the safety protocols advised by the Nigeria Council for Disease Control. Based on our readiness to safely reopen schools in phases starting with JSS3 and more importantly SSS3 students who will be sitting for their WASSCE conducted by WAEC, NECO, etc, we are using this medium to call on the Federal Ministry of Education to revisit its reversal on resumption and suspension of 2020 public examinations (WAEC, NECO, etc) for the following reasons.”
“Even though we appreciate the safety concerns of the Federal Government, private schools are fully prepared for safe reopening of schools with investment already made to procure safety equipment as advised by Nigeria Council for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the safe reopening of schools nationwide.”
Odubela further stated that the association is ready to ensure the safe reopening of schools for JSS3 and SSS3 students in private schools in the country by ensuring member schools strictly adhere to the safety protocols recommended by NCDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the school environments.