Federal Government Asks States to Open Schools As WASSCE Begins August 4

The disinfection of schools against the spread of COVID-19 begins today preparatory to the resumption.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba, and the Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, made these known during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

Nwajiuba explained that a decision on dates for the National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) would be taken after the WASSCE which ends September 5.

He said: “As soon as we begin WAEC on August  4 and end it on September 5,  we will take up NABTEB and NECO exams.  Parents, please take note.

“Last week, the chairman of the PTF (Boss Mustapha) announced that school facilities will be available for those who want to go into revision classes.


“The concept right here is that we have now an entire month from now until then (the examinations). The states who’re keen ought to make their colleges obtainable for his or her youngsters to revise.

“We have achieved essentially the most we will. Our consultant at WAEC(West African Examination Council) confirmed this (yesterday) afternoon that the date allotted might be from the 4th of August by means of to the  fifth of September. Local timings might be revealed.”


The minister additionally stated that officers of the Ministry of Education would meet with these of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, the Nigeria Union of Teachers and different stakeholders at the moment to finalise the dates introduced by the federal government.

Nwajiuba stated:” We might be asking that those that are usually not ready but ought to please go and put together.

“We are persevering with with registration for NECO for individuals who haven’t concluded registration alongside these strains, that is the time additionally to replace and get registrations achieved.”


Also, the Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mahmood, defined that the decontamination of colleges was delayed as a result of the Federal Government needed sufficient chemical substances to be obtainable.

He stated the ministry now has sufficient chemical substances and groups on the bottom to perform the disinfection.

Mahmood stated: “Earlier, I informed you that we have now sat with the Ministry of Education and we have now the record of all the faculties that want to be disinfected earlier than resumption. Well, what we plan to do now could be to do (decontaminate) the facilities that might be used.”

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