DAWN Education Webinar Press Statement (COMMUNIQUE)

DAWN Education Webinar Press Statement (COMMUNIQUE)

PRESS RELEASE

The DAWN Commission and a forum of Southwest Commissioners of Education, Special advisers on education and SUBEB chairmen met via an online session held 14/07/2020 @ 10am. The focus of the meeting was premised on the need to jointly agree on modalities for the 2019/2020 WAEC Examinations, resumption of schooling activities for SSS 3 students and other allied matters.

The Forum, after careful deliberations, considering peculiarities of each state and options available reached a consensus on the subject matters and are expresses thus:

On WAEC examinations

  1. State Commissioners for Education have signified readiness to sit students for the 2019/2020 WAEC examinations.
  2. At the least, August 3rd, 2020 resumption for final year SSS3 students.
  3. States should approach the Federal government at the first instance seeking the postponement of the WAEC exam by at least three weeks from proposed resumption.
  4. At the second instance states should directly approach WAEC to seek for an extension of the WAEC Examinations to week commencing August 24.

On Resumption

  1. All schools when reopening should have in place, incident managers and classroom wardens for every school and every classroom.
  2. The designation of the Quality Assurance Department for each State to issue a Safety Compliance Certificate to each school before reopening.
  3. Encourage an intense advocacy campaigns of the Stakeholders – Parents, Teachers, Caregivers Proprietress/Head teachers, and the pupils on what is expected of them when Schools resume.
  4. Only hostel/ dormitory accommodation attached to schools should be provided where available to ease logistics and travel challenges of pupils and teachers.
  5. Tests and health checks of all pupils and teachers as a prerequisite for accommodation.

On Technology in Education

  1. WAEC should encourage the administering the use of Computer Based Tests.
  2. States should deliberately intensify efforts and invest more in education technology

Furthermore, Southwest States should as a matter of urgency consider setting up a Regional Examination body similar to the IJMB in the Northern part of the Country which would position the Region in an increasingly uncertain future. This was agreed on at the Roundtable on Creating a Collaborative Framework for Education Development and Advancement in Western Nigeria held July 2016, Osogbo, Osun State.

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