FG’s Decision Not To Reopen Unity Schools For WAEC Exams Not Binding On States, Says Minister

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THE Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Monday clarified that the decision of the Federal Government not to reopen its 104 Unity Colleges for the forthcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination is not binding on the state governments.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had announced on Wednesday last week that the Federal Government schools would not be reopened for conduct of the SSCE conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) scheduled to hold from August 4 to September 5.

He had argued that the safety of the school children could not be guaranteed going by the spike in the COVID-19 recorded cases.

Adamu also stressed that WAEC, a parastatal agency under his watch, could not determine when schools could be reopened for examinations.

But the Minister of State for Education, speaking on Monday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 news briefing, agreed in principle that what Adamu told the State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting was in sync with the position of the PTF on reopening of schools.

He however said that the decision not to allow students from Unity Schools sit for the WAEC examinations was not binding on states.

“Malam Adamu said the 104 schools are not available, he does not have control over the governors. It will be unconstitutional for anybody to say he can tell the governors what to do. You have heard from the PTF chairman consistently that we try to marry what we do with the Governors’ Forum.

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