If elections hold, students can take WASSCE – Group

An Abuja - based non -governmental organisation , OpenFees , has said there is no reason why Nigerian students cannot sit the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination .
The group argued that if the country can manage to conduct elections into political offices in spite of the COVID - 19 pandemic , students should not be stopped from sitting WASSCE .
In a statement on Sunday by its Portfolio Coordinator , Stephanie Ronald , OpenFees called on the Nigerian government not to play politics with the education of the youths .
The statement was titled , “ WASSCE : If You Can Hold Elections , Students Can Take Exams – OpenFees Tells FG ”.
The group said , “Science , technology and rigorous enforcement of hygiene and social distancing rules are already making it possible for schools elsewhere to reopen gradually and there is no reason why we can ’ t use that here.
“ We are particularly concerned that JSS 3 and SS 3 students in public schools , most of who have not had significant learning because of poor access to online resources , would have to wait for another year before taking their final exams .
“ If government can invest half the time and resources it wants to use to conduct elections, in spite of COVID - 19 , to provide safe environment for students , it should be possible for these final - year students to take their exams without too much difficulty. ”
OpenFees called on the Federal Government to stop playing politics with education but to take a decision “ for the sake of students whose future is at stake . ”

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