The National Parents Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (NPTAN), has said it is confused about the statement made earlier by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, that students who are expected to take the West African school Certificate Examination would not be allowed by the government to sit for the examination despite the move by governing body of WAEC to conduct the exam across West Africa.
The NAPTAN National President, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, in an interview with a news correspondent on Thursday, said the association had resolved to have a meeting with the minister of education, Mr Adamu by Monday to seek a solution.
The spokeman of the association went further to say that parents nationwide had resolved to work together with schools to put measures in place such as the provision of face masks, handwashing containers and hand sanitisers to minimise the risks of virus contraction by the pupils.
He said, “Surprisingly, we heard from the Federal Ministry of Education that the government has suspended the reopening of schools. This is very confusing; we don’t know what to do. We are waiting for whatever will come after this.
“On our side at NAPTAN, we are planning to go to the ministry and meet with the minister or his representatives to hear from them. It should be on Monday.”
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, a week ago during the press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 last Monday announced that the 2020 WASSCE conducted by WAEC would hold between August 4 and September 5.
But the minister of education Adamu Adamu said on Wednesday that all federal schools as well as those controlled by the Nigerian Government would remain closed until it was safe to reopen them. He also urged state governments that had announced school resumption plans to rescind such.