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NECO Announces New Examination Date For External Candidates

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The Federal government has announced the new date for 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination of the National Examination Council[NECO] external candidates.

In a statement by the Public Relations Officer, National Certificate Examination, Mr Azeez Sani, said the examination which was scheduled to start from February 1 to March 3, 2021 has been changed to commence from February 8 to March 10,2021.

He said the students who could not sit for some papers during the last exams as a result of #ENDSARS protests should use this opportunity to sit for them.

“The decision to re-schedule new date for the examination was as a result of some students requesting for the extension of date to enable them complete their registration,” he said.

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SSS3 Pupils Will Not Be Participating In The Upcoming West African Examination Council[WAEC] Examinations – FGN

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THE Federal Government on Wednesday pulled the brake on the preparation to reopen schools to enable pupils in Primary Six, Junior Secondary School (JSSIII) and Senior Secondary School (SSSIII) write their final examinations.

Education Minister Mallam Adamu Adamu said SSSIII pupils will not be participating in the upcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.

In a chat with reporters at the State House after the seventh weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the minister said there is no date for resumption of schools yet.

The development negated a directive by the President Task Force (PTF) Control to states to begin the process of reopening schools for the resumption of pupils in exit classes.

Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who gave the directive during the Monday briefing of the PTF, said schools should reopen to prepare the pupils for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE) scheduled to begin on August 4.

But, announcing the u-turn on Wednesday, Adamu said he would prefer that pupils lose an academic session than to expose them to dangers.

He appealed to state governments that had announced reopening of schools to reconsider their decision for the sake of the pupils’ safety.

Speaking on the effect the decision to keep schools closed could have on JSSIII and SSSIII pupils, the minister said Nigeria would not open the schools yet, not even for the WAEC, which is a regionally-control programme.

He, however, debunked an earlier report, which claimed that his Minister of State (Nwajiuba) announced August 4, as resumption date for schools, saying the minister was misquoted.

Adamu said: “I don’t know whether you journalists are misquoting the Minister of State for Education or maybe quoting what WAEC said and made it into a story. Schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education will not be opened on August 4 or anytime soon.

“Our schools will only open when we believe it’s safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the incidence of the infection is going up in the nation. I just want to make it clear.

“We will not open soon for examination or for any reason, unless it is safe for our children, even WAEC. WAEC will not determine for us what we do. Schools will remain closed.

“Yesterday we called on stakeholders who will tell us the situation and the way it should be done for it to be safe. While the meeting was going on, WAEC announced that they are starting examinations. Let’s see who they are going to start with.

“I will also like to use this position to ask those states that have already announced (reopening), I appeal to them. I think it is not safe. I feel responsible for all children, not just those who are in federal government-controlled schools. Please, let’s save our children from this.

“One infected child is enough to infect a whole class. When they close from class, they go into the dormitory.

This is not the right time to open schools. I appeal to the states that have already announced to reconsider it.”

When asked if Nigeria will be the only country to miss out of the WAEC examinations, he said: “As minister of Education, if I’m given the chance, I don’t mind Nigeria losing a whole school year than exposing our children to danger. WAEC is a parastatal of the Ministry of Education.

They cannot determine for the government what it does.

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Oyo Government Commence Training Of Teachers Ahead School Reopening

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Ahead of the planned reopening of schools, Oyo State Government on Monday commenced training for teachers from all Local Government Universal Basic Education Authorities.

The government had asked terminal classes including Primary Six, Junior Secondary School Three (JSS3) and Senior Secondary School Three (SSS3) students to resume on June 29.

The training according to the government is to help and prepare the teachers on the basic procedures for handling COVID-19 in schools.

The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Nureni Adeniran said the training on ‘Reopening of Schools’ is part of the State Government’s pre-opening mandate.

He added that the training is targeted at getting participants prepared ahead of any possible identification of coronavirus case, with a view to ensure that teachers and pupils remain safe while in schools.

He said, “The workshop is expected to equip participants with necessary knowledge on Covid-19 and how to manage it during these trying times among pupils. Let me add that the workshop has representation from each zone in the State and is aimed at ensuring the safety of children and teachers in the State.

“Asking only Pry 6 pupils to return to school is strategic. Each school is spacious enough to contain all Primary 6 pupils in the State. So, there is actually no cause for alarm”.

He also added that OyoSUBEB would look into constituting an Advisory Board to complement the efforts of the State Government on combating Covid-19, while every school has been mandated to adhere to all precautionary measures during this period.

Dr. Adeniran said that with the threat of coronavirus pandemic and the need for pupils to return to schools, it was imperative for the State Government to train teachers who would be in regular touch with the pupils on how to interact, while they also ensure their safety.

“To contain the spread of the disease in schools, Oyo State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde has deployed trainers who would train teachers. These trained teachers would in turn train their colleagues on precautionary measures and how to manage each pupil after the long stay at home.

“The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has distributed facemasks to all non-teaching and teaching staffs across all Local Government Universal Basic Education Authority in the State,” he said

He added that, part of the Board’s precautionary measures taken to prepare every staff member for the task ahead as well as ensuring that each school would provide wash hand basins and alcohol based hand sanitizers for the use of both students and staff

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COVID-19: School To Resume In Oyo State May 29

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The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force on Monday said it has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the advent of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

It said the curfew would run from 10 pm to 4 am.

Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, said other decisions reached include the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from June 29.

Mosques and churches are to operate at 25 per cent capacity; and the decision to limit public gathering to not more than 25 persons.

The statement reads: “The schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols, ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided in all schools, while all students are to compulsorily wear face masks.

“Schools are to provide hand wash points with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA).

“Mosques and churches are to reopen and operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity. The situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks. All worshippers are to compulsorily wear face masks.

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