Nigeria’s Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the recent pronouncement by the Federal government to cancel this year’s West African Examination Council WAEC tests for students graduating from secondary schools.
It would be recalled that last week, the FG through the ministry of Education says it would see students lose one year out of their educational pursuit, than risk their lives amid the COVID 19 pandemic.
Several people had raised diverse opinions on the matter with the latest coming from the former presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Part PDP.
“Rather than cancellation, there are better ways to protect the health of Nigerians and prevent the pandemic from escalating.
“Already, Nigeria lags behind other African nations in crucial indices, like school enrolment, pass rates, and out of school children. This action will further create chaos in the public education system and exacerbate an already bad situation.
“We could mobilise all available public & private infrastructures, including primary schools, stadia, and cinemas, for the examinations. In the alternative, the Federal Government can prevail on WAEC to have staggered examinations with a different set of questions for each shift.
“Doing so will allow WAEC Nigeria to implement social distancing and achieve the goal of carrying out the examinations,” the former VP said.