Cancelling WAEC Places Nigeria Youth Behind Their Contemporaries – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President has said that the decision of President Buhari’s administration stopping students to participate in the 2020 May/June WAEC examination is a risk.

The Federal Government reversed their earlier decision on school resumption and concluded that no Nigerian school would participate in the WAEC examination scheduled to hold from August 5 to September 5.

He said: “As a parent and investor in the education sector, I wish to register the fact that the Nigerian government’s policy of unilaterally cancelling the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, held annually by the West African Examinations Council, is not in Nigeria’s best interest.

“At a time of the global COVID19 pandemic, it is understandable that an abundance of caution be put in place to save lives. However, caution, without consultation, and thoughtful action, may be counter productive.

“1.5 million Nigerian youths write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination annually. To abruptly cancel this examination is to set back our nation’s youth, and place them behind their contemporaries in other West African nations. This is perilous because Foreign Direct Investments and other economic indicators are tied to the educational indexes of nations.”

Speaking further, he noted that, “Already, Nigeria lags behind other African nations in crucial indices, like school enrolment, pass rates, and out of school children. This action, will further create chaos in the public education system and exacerbate an already bad situation.

“Rather than cancellation, there are better ways to protect the health of Nigerians and prevent the pandemic from escalating. We could mobilise all available public and private infrastructures including primary schools, stadia, and cinemas, for the examinations. In the alternative, the Federal Government can prevail on WAEC to have a staggered examination with a different set of questions for each shift. Doing so will allow WAEC Nigeria implement social distancing and achieve the goal of carrying out the examinations. A win-win scenario”, he said.