By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Private Schools Owners across the Country has counselled the federal Government against mass failure in West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to commence on August 17th, 2020, citing poor preparation.
The Proprietors under the aegis of Private Schools Owners Association (APSON) however suggested four to six Weeks academic revision to enable students adequately prepare for the examination and avert mass failure
This was contained in a statement jointly issued by Bishop (Dr.) Godly Opukeme and Bishop Elakhe Imoukhede, Chairman and National Director of Administration of the association in response to the federal government directive that schools should resume academic activities on August 4th, 2020- only for exit classes; including students WASSCE (SS3) Examination.
According to the proprietors, “these candidates have been out of school for over four months, during which time some have abandoned their books and be engaged in economic activities to assist their parents.
“The students therefore need a minimum of one month to re-acclamatize to school environment.
“We wish to reiterate that to avoid mass failure, the students need between four and six weeks for effective revision as our people are used to the conventional schooling and are yet to to fully come to term with e-learning”.
The statement further explained that the association has constituted a national COVID-19 committee ahead of school resumption.
The gesture according to the proprietors, is geared towards ensuring the safety of students and teachers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Whilst assuring parents and the government of the committee efforts to ensure that private schools abide by safety protocol, the association said it had linked members to suppliers of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipments).