The founder of Afe Babalola University, Afe Babalola, has kicked against the decision of the Federal government to cancel Nigeria’s participation in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination WASSCE.
saying ”a year of idleness for 1.5million people may breed frustration and promote criminality”.
Recall that on July 8, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced that Nigeria will not be reopening schools for graduating students scheduled to write the examination due to the increasing number of confirmed COVID19 cases in the country.
Babalola is of the opinion that the decision of the Federal government to cancel the examination is flawed.
In a statement released today July 14, Babalola said rather than cancel the examination, the Federal Government should allow schools to conduct the examinations within their halls so the students can obey all the COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing and others.
His statement entitled, ‘Nigeria’s non-participation in the 2020 WASCE: Irreparable damage,’ reads in part
“If the Federal Government insists that there would be no WASSCE this year, the students are not just losing one calendar year, but losing an integral part of their entire lives which is gone forever by such declaration.
We should always remember that after all, ‘time is life and life is time’.
The Federal Government should allow the WASSCE to take place in the empty spaces which are wasting away in our tertiary institutions, secondary schools, and elementary schools which can conveniently accommodate them with a lot of social distancing and due compliance with World Health Organisation rules.
It is my firm belief that the future of these 1.5 million young Nigerians who have registered for WAEC should not be put in jeopardy.
It is a well-known fact that all schools, colleges, and tertiary institutions in the country are currently shut down.
This affords the Federal Government the opportunity to use them for the WAEC examination.
What the government should do is to prepare the empty rooms for WAEC examination – fumigate the halls and the premises, use a face mask, provide sanitizers and ensure that WHO rules are obeyed to the letter.”
Source: News update