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Students Face Mass Failure If WAEC Starts On August 17, According To APSON

The Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) has expressed fears that there would be ‘mass failure’ of students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to commence on August 17.

CANDIID ONLINE gathered that APSON on Thursday, July 30, attributed its prediction to the poor preparation of students due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

This was contained in a statement jointly issued by Bishop Godly Opukeme and Bishop Elakhe Imoukhede, chairman and national director of administration of the association in response to the federal government’s directive that schools should resume academic activities on August 4, only for exit classes.

The statement said that to avert mass failure, there should be four to six weeks of academic revision to enable students to adequately prepare for the examination.

“These candidates have been out of school for over four months, during which some have abandoned their books and be engaged in economic activities to assist their parents,” APSON said.

It explained that the students needed a minimum of one month to re-acclimatize to the school environment.

It stressed that: “We wish to reiterate that, to avoid mass failure, the students need between four and six weeks for effective revision as our people are used to the conventional schooling and are yet to fully come to terms with e-learning.”

The statement further explained that the association had constituted a national COVID-19 committee ahead of school resumption, assuring that it will abide by the COVID-19 safety protocol.

Meanwhile, CANDIID ONLINE had previously reported that Lagos and Ogun state governments said that only students sitting for the WASSCE would resume back classes in August.

It was reported that while speaking on Tuesday, July 28, Lagos state commissioner of education, Folasade Adefisayo, and the special adviser to the Ogun state governor on education, Ronke Soyombo, made this known while giving an update on school resumption in their respective states.

The ministry of education, in a statement, said students would have two weeks to prepare for the WASSCE, the exit examination administered by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

But in a contrary development, Lagos and Ogun governments said both states have not decided whether to reopen schools for students in the Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS3).

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