Special Adviser on Education to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Jamiu Olawumi uncovered on Wednesday that the state government could reopen schools any moment from now.

Jamiu revealed this after a virtual meeting by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria known as the DAWN Commission, in agreement with the forum of South-West Education Commissioners, Special Advisers on Education and the State Universal Basic Education Board.

Special advicer stated that, the meeting was assembled sequence to the awareness that the pandemic virus might not be eradicated in jiffy time.

Ngrealnews gathered that Six South-West states are prepared to lift ban on schools, for the students to prepare and sit for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Jamiu in his statement said, “We have been doing our job. On Monday the Federal Ministry of Information sent us guidelines for reopening of schools. we’ve fulfilled it; even without anybody prompting us. Osun is up to the task."

He said further that, the Osun State submission at the meeting was gathered via report and was data-driven.

He added that the state ministry of education is awaiting the Governor’s approval to give a date for reopening of schools in the state.

His words read, “We are pulling together all the stakeholders within the education sector, to let them understand our policy on reopening of schools, and as soon, we collate our papers, we shall present to the governor for approval.

“We want to assure the people of the state that the Governor will not act outside what is in their best interest. So, we have done our due diligence, and before now, we have been teaching our students – within the syllabus and they are ready to write the exam any day.

“So the issue of the day of reopening is not the issue, but the issue is when are we going to reopen – which I know the Governor will accommodate other interests including WAEC, NECO and all other examination bodies.

“Osun is up to the task. We have realised here that COVID-19 is a pandemic that will not go in a hurry. Hence, we have been doing our job.

“We have three exams around the corner, WAEC and BECE JSS3 which is an internal examination that only the government of the state can organise and conduct and the Primary 6 examination. All these are examinations conducted by the state ministry of Education.

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