The federal government said the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is mulling postponing its examination for the Senior and Junior secondary school graduating students.
Ordinarily, the exam takes place between May and June but consequence of the ravaging coronavirus it was postponed indefinitely at a time.
Subsequently. WAEC announced that it would be held between August 5 and September 5.
The date has caused stir in Nigeria with the federal government inconsistent in its position and once said something to the effect that the country’s secondary school final-year students would sit for the exams only to reverse itself on the ground that it was unsafe and could compound the spread of the virus.
Since education is on the concurrent list, some states, particularly those in the south have expressed readiness to allow students of state-owned and private schools to sit for the papers.
However, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba hinted that exam may not hold on the scheduled date in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of the eighth virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nwajiuba added that the federal government’s position on the issue is not cast in stone.
He said: “WAEC, on its own part, is also negotiating with other West African countries to look at possible shift in date and once they are through with that meeting and hopefully when we are also through with the consultations, if there is any change in the ministry’s position, we will communicate.”