Given the adverse effect of Coronavirus, COVID-19, The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has agreed with Nigeria to postpone the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination.
Earlier, some officials of the Federal Ministry of Education had mounted pressure on the examination body to shift the test.
Though the examination was scheduled to begin on August 4, the federal government announced that students of unity schools would not be writing it because of the increase in cases of people infected by Coronavirus in the country.
It was gathered that WAEC would announce a new date for the examination after consulting with four other countries.
In the meantime, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Liberia have begun discussions on postponing the examination.
According to the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Nigeria and the four countries are considering a new date for this year’s WASSCE.
WAEC Agrees To Postpone 2020 Examination
You will recall that the examination was postponed indefinitely in April and apart from the postponement WAEC also suspended its 68th Annual Council meeting scheduled for Liberia from March 23 to 27, 2020.
However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC on Friday announced that the country recorded 600 new cases of Coronavirus.
With the new cases, the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria stands at 35,454, while 14,633 infected persons have been discharged with 772 deaths.