The West African Examinations Council in Nigeria announced on Friday, March 20 that the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination has been suspended indefinitely.
The development was confirmed in a statement by the WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr Patrick Areghan, who disclosed that the examination which was earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020, has now been postponed due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
Areghan noted that the examination timetable would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic situation improves.
The statement read thus:
“The West African Examinations Council in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.”
“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.”
“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”
Meanwhile, 9jatoday had reported earlier that the Federal Ministry of Education has announced that all the 104 Unity Schools in Nigeria be closed down.
The order which was issued today in Abuja gave that the Federal Government has ordered the closure of all the 104 Unity Schools within the country starting from 26th of March in other to prevent the widespread of the deadly Coronavirus