The Southwest States agree to reopen schools

The Southwest States agree to reopen schools

The six Southwest States have conceded to reopen schools for SS3 students to take part in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) next month.

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

Their decision is contradictory to the position of most of the 19 northern states,

which supported the Federal Government’s decision to rule out school reopening for SS3 students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recall, reported that the Federal Government declared last week that candidates will not take part in WASCE over safety concerns.

But at a virtual meeting by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Commissioners,

Special Advisers on Education and SUBEB chairmen reached a concession to reopen schools for SS3 students to write their final examinations.

The meeting also agreed on the needs for Southwest states to implement a 2016 plan

to establish a regional examination body akin to IJMB in the North.

They lay the plan at the roundtable on creating a collaborative framework for education development

and advancement in Western Nigeria in Osogbo, the Osun State capital in 2016.

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A statement by the DAWN Commission showed 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 a postponement of the WASCE by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption date.

At the second instance, states will directly approach the West African Examinations Council (WAEC)

to seek adjournment of the examination to August 24.

On resumption, all schools are to appoint incident managers and classroom wardens, according to the document.

There will also be a 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 they expect 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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