Nigeria’s House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, the Ministry of Education and the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, have met to seek appropriate examination date to conduct the 2020 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.
While examining the option before them as regards a date, the key players all agreed that time is of the essence and it wouldn’t be good for Nigeria to do a standalone examination for its candidates.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sunny Ezhimo, told the committee that it is possible to conduct the examination in the 19, 000 centres for the over 1.6 candidates within one week but lack of funds is limiting the possibility of running the examination within a stipulated time especially in this pandemic situation.
The National Head, WAEC, Nigeria, Patrick Areghan advised that Nigeria should not take a decision as a big brother nation on behalf of the other West African countries to fix a time for the examination as it would be better for the decision to be democratic by involving other member countries of WAEC.
The committee and all the other key players agreed that it would be better to include the President and the governors’ forum in the effort to make the date a reality.