The Federal Authorities’s reversal of an earlier resolution permitting JSS3 and SSS3 college students to write down examinations supervised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is mistaken and needs to be reconsidered.
In saying the brand new place, the Minister of Schooling, Malam Adamu Adamu defined that the step was taken in response to the rising instances of COVID-19 within the nation.
Arguing that it was preferrable for college students to lose one 12 months than be affected by the virus, the minister urged WAEC to droop the examinations and urged state governments to not reopen faculties of their states.
Reacting to the choice, the Committee on Primary Schooling and Providers of the Home of Representatives disagreed with the minister.
In a press release signed by its chairman, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, the committee claimed that authorities had not consulted with stakeholders earlier than reversing itself, and stated the measure would trigger huge disruption to the training sector.
The committee acknowledged that steps might be taken to minimise inconvenience and threat by guaranteeing that the numbers of WAEC invigilators had been elevated, by guaranteeing that social-distancing protocols had been absolutely noticed, by not permitting boarding homes to be opened, and by working with the related ministries to make sure that faculties are correctly fumigated and supplied with sanitary tools.
Instructional exercise is maybe the one space the place the tensions and paradoxes engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic are at their most acute.
The closure of instructional establishments in March was one of the poignant penalties of the emergence of the pandemic.
The query of when and reopen faculties has been torn between two equally-strong arguments. On the one hand, there may be the will to forestall rises in infections amongst youngsters by guaranteeing that they don’t congregate in class.
On the opposite, there may be the realisation that training can’t be halted indefinitely due to fears of an infection.
Nevertheless, the Federal Authorities’s resolution to return on its earlier stand appears to show an indecisiveness that’s unworthy of it.
Such inconsistency exhibits that the primary resolution was poorly-conceived, and thereby casts related suspicions on the veracity of its newest stand.
The accusation that it did not seek the advice of correctly appears to be true, given the dismay its coverage reversal has brought on among the many main stakeholders.
Nor does it seem that the implications of the brand new resolution have been absolutely thought of. If JSS3 and SSS3 college students don’t take the 2020 WAEC examinations, the implications may have far-reaching reverberations.
Aside from the lack of a 12 months, it should have deleterious knock-on results for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and admission into tertiary establishments.
Now that the federal government’s place has apparently compelled WAEC to postpone the examination, it’s important that Nigeria use the time to correctly put together itself in order that its college students can take the examinations on the brand new date.
Ghana has already proven the best way: the great fumigation of colleges and universities; the institution of clear social distancing protocols that each one college students, academics and non-academic workers should adjust to; the utilisation of correct physical-distancing laws in lecture rooms and boarding homes, the barring of faculty premises to outsiders.
It’s essential that Nigeria begins to take steps to return to regular life whereas observing pandemic-prevention protocols. After 4 months of obligatory stagnation, it’s time for the nation to make an adjusted return to the so-called “new regular.”
This may require braveness, cautious thought and dedication on the a part of authorities and the citizenry.