By Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja

The Home of Representatives Committee on Primary Training and Companies has appealed to the Federal Authorities to not cancel the forthcoming West African Senior College Certificates Examinations.

In an announcement by the Chairman, Prof.Julius Ihonvbere, titled: “WASSCE shouldn’t be cancelled,” on Friday, the lawmakers mentioned stakeholders weren’t knowledgeable beforehand, and that the “coverage reversal just isn’t good for the nation,” including that ” It’s sure to create additional confusion within the training sector.”

The assertion reads: “The Home Committee on Primary Training and Companies acquired with amazement the announcement by the Honourable Minister of Training that Nigerian college students wouldn’t be collaborating within the forthcoming WASSCE examinations.

“He didn’t inform the nation if this was in settlement with different West African leaders or in session with the examination our bodies, the state governments and different stakeholders within the training sector.

“The Minister didn’t additionally inform the general public if the choice was the result of a gathering with all State Governments which are accountable for all however the Unity Secondary Colleges which are owned by the Federal authorities.”

The Committee Chair mentioned the Hon. Minister of State, in his often consultative and participatory strategy had briefed the nation on the Covid 19 presidential Committee briefing, over the airwaves and in an look earlier than the Home Committee on Primary Training the place he assured Nigerians that each one steps had or have been being taken to make sure full compliance with all Covid 19 protocols.

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“This sudden coverage reversal just isn’t good for the nation. It’s sure to create additional confusion within the training sector, create disappointment and suspicion amongst mother and father, frustrate the scholars, and present to our improvement companions and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations within the sector are solely getting worse.

“The reversal additionally reveals that our coverage makers may be adopting a laid-back strategy to the necessity to confront the novel coronavirus quite than taking proactive and artistic steps to handle and include it.”

Ihonvbere mentioned the Home Committee disagrees with the Honourable Minister and believes {that a} reconsideration is urgently wanted to avoid wasting Nigeria’s instructional system and listed (7) grounds on which the choice must be reversed and the examination efficiently carried out.

He mentioned: ” Nigeria just isn’t the one nation anticipated to put in writing the examination within the midst of Covid 19;

“Nigeria ought to insist that the examination be based mostly solely on the already lined syllabus of faculties;

“The Federal Ministry mustn’t rooster out of its obligations however take cost, present coverage route, interact the states and different stakeholders;

He additional mentioned ‘WAEC ought to quadruple its invigilators and use all school rooms and occasion centres to conduct the examination and adjust to covid protocols;

“The ministry of Science and Expertise in addition to the Ministries of Atmosphere and Well being ought to instantly work out an agenda to fumigate all school rooms , present handwashing buckets with cleaning soap and water, and facemasks to all college students;

“The unique plan of opening hostels for boarding to facilitate so-called revision lessons must be cancelled instantly and the scholars ought to come from house, write the paper and disperse instantly.”

The committee additionally mentioned “Mr. President ought to direct all his Ministers to return to their states, work with the Governors and make sure the easy implementation of the coverage and conduct of the examination.”

“The Home Committee appreciates the reservations of the Honourable Minister of Training. We’re mother and father similar to him. No Nigerian dad or mum would wish to delay, distort, even terminate the progress of their little one.

“We’re satisfied that if our coverage of no boarding home, reconceptualising scope of exams, use of all school rooms and halls within the faculties, quadrupling the variety of invigilators, provision of facemasks, sanitizers and hand washing services are adopted, the WASSCE may be carried out with ease and with no repercussions.

“Allow us to collectively save and advance our academic system and construct a future we may be all pleased with, ” the committee mentioned.

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