School Reopening: ‘Stop Playing Games With Students Future’ Atiku Charges FG
Former Vice – President Atiku Abubakar has asked the Federal Government to reconsider its decision that pupils cannot resume school or participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Atiku, in a statement on Friday said that as a stakeholder in the education sector, to him, the decision for total cancelation of the 2020 WASSCE , which 1 . 5 million Nigerian youths take annually , is not in Nigeria’s best interest.
The former presidential aspirant advised the Federal Government to adopt other strategies that enabled graduating pupils in senior secondary school to take the exam , while warning that Nigerians could resort to crossing borders to sit the exam in neighbouring countries .
Atiku noted that Nigeria is already lagging behind other African nations in crucial indices, like school enrolment, pass rates, and out of school children. He further said that this action, will further create chaos in the public education system and exacerbate an already bad situation.
He then said that rather than the cancellation , there are better ways to protect the health of Nigerians and prevent the pandemic from escalating.
He explained that government could mobilise all available public and private infrastructures , including primary schools , stadia , and cinemas , for the examinations .