Reps fault Education Minister on cancellation of WASSCE

The House of Representatives has disagreed with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, over the reversal of the Federal Government decision for schools to reopen to enable final students write the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

The Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere (APC-Edo), made the committee’s position known in a statement in Abuja.

Ihonvbere said that committee was amazed at the announcement by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, where he stated that Nigerian students would not be participating in the 2020 WASSCE.

The lawmaker said that the minister did not inform the country if the position was in agreement with other West African leaders or in consultation with the examination bodies, the state governments and other stakeholders in the education sector.

Ihonvbere recalled that Minister of State for Education, had on several occasions during live press conferences by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, assured Nigerians that all steps were being taken to ensure full compliance with all Covid 19 protocols in schools.

The lawmaker disagreed with the minister of education, saying that a reconsideration was urgently needed to save educational system in the country.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all ministers to return to their states to work with the governors to ensure smooth implementation of the policy and conduct of the examination.

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