The federal government of Nigeria has postponed this year Senior School Leaving Certificate Examination (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) indefinitely. This was announced by Minister of state for education, Mr Emeka Nwajubu.
He said this during a press briefing in Abuja stating that this was due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to him, the Government will be announcing a new date for the examination after the lockdown was over. He further advised students to study online as the government has made provision for that.
WAEC and NECO for the year have been postponed indefinitely. The students can learn online, we have made a lot of provision for that. The director of FCT has also opened a portal for the process.
We are working with the ministry of information to escalate education content to provide for everyone at home.
Our biggest challenge is to reach children who do not have devices but we are working with radio corporations to instil some of that for primary and secondary students .
He noted that some states, including Lagos and Anambra have already commenced learning through radio in accordance with approved standard. While noting some of the challenges, the minister said that the biggest of them all, where children with no access to the Internet, adding that the ministry was working to provide learning for those categories through terrestrial platforms.
In his word, we are working with any stakeholders that can support our plans by providing a platform for our students to learn. The federal government is also working with NTA and Radio Nigeria to provide educational contents.