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SS3 students might sit for GCE if there's no shift in WAEC timetable - FG says

The federal government has said that SS3 students may need to sit for the general Certificate Examinations (GCE) in November if there's no shift within the timetable of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said this during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, July 23, in Abuja.

He said if Nigeria cannot convince WAEC to shift its examinations, sitting for the GCE may become the sole option for Nigerian students.

He added that if Nigeria is in a position to meet up with the WAEC timetable, there's already a negotiated timeline to maneuver local language subjects like Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba behind to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subjects at the same time.

Nwajiuba also said the ministry will be meeting with relevant stakeholders on July 30 to assess preparations towards safe reopening of schools.

The Minister said: "The Ghanaians will take examinations peculiar to them. But they're all in the first part of the time table so we'll compute a domestication module which will take our peculiar subjects behind after we've done generals.

"This will buy us the time we'd like for all of us to be at par with the rest of West Africa and operating at the same time because the unanimity with which WAEC has always worked remains very important to us.

"Nigeria isn't moving off from it, the choice would have been to go to November to take the GCE external exams. Nigeria is carefully studying that if within the event everything fails, we may go to that way."

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