The Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) has expressed fears that there will be ‘mass failure’ of students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled to commence on August 17.

The association’s prediction is contained in a statement jointly issued by its Chairman, Bishop Godly Opukeme and Secretary, Bishop Elakhe Imuokhede, in response to the federal government’s directive that schools should resume on August 4, for exit classes.

It noted that the students had been at home since March due to the COVID – 19 pandemic and must have disconnected with their studies.

The statement said to avert mass failure, there should be four to six weeks of academic revision to enable students to adequately prepare for the examinations.

“These candidates have been out of school for over four months, during which some have abandoned their books and be engaged in economic activities to assist their parents,” APSON said.

It explained that the students needed a minimum of one month to re-acclimatize to the school environment.

It stressed that: “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 fully come to terms with e-learning.”

The statement further explained that the association had constituted a national COVID-19 committee ahead of school resumption, assuring that it will abide by the COVID-19 safety protocol.

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