The Federal Government of Nigeria Through its Minister of Education, Emeka Nwajiuba revealed the Nigerian Senior Secondary school students taking the WAEC Exams might write the (General Certificate Examinations) GCE instead.
This update was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba during the bi-weekly press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
According to him, this may be an alternative since the WASSCE cannot be rescheduled for any reason in Nigeria following the fact that other African countries has updated timeliness for their own Examinations.
The Minister disclosed further that negotiations were already on to move local language subjects such as Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa as offered in Nigeria, behind from their usual spots as first written subjects.
In his words he said :
“This would be to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subjects at the same time if Nigeria is able to meet up with the WAEC timetable.”
“Nigeria is not moving away from it, the option would have been to go to November to take the GCE external exams. Nigeria is carefully studying that if in the event everything fails, we may go to that.
“In the guideline, there is a checklist of the requirements to be put in place and we have given a cut off date so we can know who needs help,”
“This will buy us the time we need for all of us to be at par with the rest of West Africa and operating at the same time because the unanimity with which WAEC has always worked is still very important to us.”
The Minister concluded the the Exams would still be written but might change forms.