Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajuiba has announced that West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, would now hold from August 4 to September 5, 2020.

Nwajiuba, who made the announcement on Monday during the daily COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 briefing, said “as soon as we conclude WAEC, we will take NABTEB and NECO.”

The federal government last week approved what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide, which it said was meant to allow students in graduating classes (Primary 6, JSS 3, SS3) prepare for the examinations.

The federal government had earlier announced that final year students, including those to take the WAEC examinations, would resume schools.

Schools across Nigeria have been shut since March 19 to contain the spread of COVID-19.

However, the minister said local timing for the WAEC examination will be published soon.

“The idea is we have a month from now till August 4, so the states who are willing should make their schools available for their children to revise.

“The new WAEC date is part of our discussion with stakeholders which includes National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, tomorrow,” Nwajiuba said.

He appealed to candidates to prepare for their examinations.

He said registration for the National Examination Council, NECO, continues.

“We are continuing registration for NECO, for those who have not concluded registration, please try to complete your registration.”

The federal government ordered the closure of all tertiary, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country on March 19, stalling all examinations in the earlier months of this year.