The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, has appealed to the Federal Government to review its stand on the suspension of 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
The representative of the body, Yomi Odubela, in a statement on Monday, said private schools under NAPPS are ready to resume with strict adherence to the safety protocols advised by the Nigeria Council for Disease Control, NCDC.
“Based on our readiness to safely reopen schools in phases starting with JSS3 and more importantly SSS3 students who will be sitting for their WASSCE conducted by WAEC, NECO, etc, we are using this medium to call on the Federal Ministry of Education to revisit its reversal on resumption and suspension of 2020 public examinations (WAEC, NECO, etc) for the following reasons.
“Even though we appreciate the safety concerns of the Federal Government, private schools are fully prepared for safe reopening of schools with investment already made to procure safety equipment as advised by Nigeria Council for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the safe reopening of schools nationwide,” he said.
Recall that Nigerian Government had on July 8 declared that final students won’t participate in the forthcoming examinations, to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the students.
According to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, it is preferable for the students to lose an academic year than to be exposed to COVID-19.
He, therefore, urged state governments that had announced school resumption plans to rescind such decisions.
On its part, the House of Representatives had objected to the Federal Governments decision, appealing for a review in the decision.
A statement signed on July 10, by the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said the cancellation amounts to policy reversal which, according to them, was not good for the country.