Nigeria is expected to reopen its schools by September this year, according to a senior official of the Federal Ministry of Education.

The senior official told Daily Sun that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) had been trying to persuade the government to reopen schools so that graduating students can take the examination.

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Officials of WAEC have been holding talks with the Ministry, National Assembly and other relevant agencies with the hope that the government would make another U-turn, the source said.

The official added: “The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, met with WAEC officials on Monday, and WAEC officials agreed to further consult with four other countries on the possibility of a new date for the examination.”

Meanwhile, Daily Sun further reports that the spokesperson Federal Ministry of Education confirmed that the federal government had given school owners in the country up to July 29, to prepare for the safe reopening of schools.

Ben Goong also said that the Minister had directed school owners to carefully study the recently released 52-paged guidelines for safe reopening of schools, prepare and comply with the guidelines so that schools can be reopened.

The Ministry’s spokesman explained: “Schools are to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than 29th July, 2020.

“Thereafter, consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held on 30th July, 2020, to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening of schools or otherwise,” he said in a statement, Friday.

“We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the education sector, including Commissioners of Education in all the states of the federation, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, State Governors, and development partners on the issue of safe reopening of schools.”

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