The federal government has reversed its earlier decision on school resumption, saying it is preferable to lose academic lives than endanger lives.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday also said no Nigerian school will participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations earlier scheduled for August 5 to September 5.
This year’s examination, conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), was postponed indefinitely in April after it was earlier scheduled to commence in May.
Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had earlier announced during a media briefing on July 6 that the examination will now take place between August 4 and September 5.
Adamu, said Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to the earlier announcement.
Adamu said the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cannot determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.
He noted that he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.