– Atiku Abubakar is of the opinion that cancellation of WASSCE will bring major setback to Nigerian youths among their West African counterparts.
Recognising the immense importance of the West African Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), among Nigerian youths in comparison with their pairs in other West African Nations.
The 2019 presidential aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (P.D.P), Atiku Abubakar has opined that the federal government’s decision to cancel the 2020 WASSCE examinations will bring setback on Nigerian youths in comparison with their pairs in all over the West African countries.
Atiku, in his response to the decision reached by the federal government after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday to cancel WASSCE this year, has said the decision was made without due consultation and advice from the appropriate bodies.
The former vice president of the federation said that no less than 1.5 million Nigerian youths write the examination annually, arguing that the impromptu cancellation will place Nigerian youths behind their pairs in other West African Nations.
He also described the strategies deployed by the Buhari-led administration in countering the pandemic as self-centered, saying it’s not of the nation’s interest.
This, he noted, is because the Federal Government unilaterally took the decision “without consultation, and thoughtful action,” arguing that it “may be counterproductive.”
He therefore urge the present administration to “take into account that the lives they are trying to save will be further put at risk”.
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Arguing further that it will trigger the desperation button of Nigerians and they will be forced to “breach social distancing rules to cross over to neighbouring West African nations to write their WASSCE, rather than miss a year,”
“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,” he said.
Atiku further suggest employing the use of public and private infrastructures such as primary schools, stadia, and cinemas for writing the exam.
He also called on the President Buhari-led administration to “prevail on WAEC to have a staggering examination with a different set of questions for each shift.”
The former vice president believes that by deploying this tactic, Nigeria will record a win-win game play over the coronavirus pandemic.
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