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WAEC, NECO candidates to know fate after lockdown — Minister

Candidates sitting for this year’s West Africa Examination Council and National Examination Council examinations would know when they would be writing the papers after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, said this at the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 daily press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that WAEC and NECO examinations had been postponed indefinitely over COVID-19 but added that the ministry would soon announce the time for the examination when the lockdown was over.

Nwajiuba said that the ministry was working on how schools would be reopened after the lockdown, adding that nobody could reopen school except it was coordinated by the Ministry of Education.

He said that students had been advised to learn via online platforms, stating that the ministry was working with Universal Basic Education and the State Basic Education Board to ease the process.

According to him, 15 states including Lagos and Anambra have already commenced learning through the radio in accordance with the approved standard, while also working with NTA and Radio Nigeria to provide educational content.

He said some tertiary institutions had commenced online learning, adding that the public institution must leverage on such to engage the students.

“We are working with any stakeholders that can support our plans by providing platform for our students to learn,” he said.

He allayed fear over the closure of the National Open University, adding that they would soon resume after the lockdown.

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