Commissioner for Education in Oyo State, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, recently announced that there would be no third term for primary and secondary schools this year, citing the corona virus crisis.
It was also reported that the Lagos government was considering the choice of using first and second term exams’ results or the continual assessments to promote students to next classes.
Academic progress couldn’t be more cool to the young scholars who don’t need to study or labor hard to gain promotion to subsequent class in school . it had been such an excellent moment for the youngsters once they heard the news that the govt had gifted them “automatic” promotion.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Nigeria’s education hard. As of July 31, 2020, many primary and secondary schools students are prevented from returning school following a lockdown that began in March. However, the news that there’ll be a gradual reopening of schools has been received with delight and relief. That reopening may come at a price for a few students.
The chairman, Nigerian school Teachers Association, Peter Dugbo, when contacted, said: “I think it’s a welcome idea. The Lagos government has taken into cognizance the very fact that faculty closure thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the loss of a whole term.
“In order to satisfy up with the regular school calendar, which runs from September to July, the simplest option is to cancel the third term by getting students and pupils promoted with their results of first and second terms. In terms of promotion from one class to the other , private schools should be left to make a decision what assessment instrument to use.”
He argued that some private schools “actually conducted the top of term examination online during this era of lockdown”.
While the touted cancellation of third term could be a clever idea in terms of convenience, the fatal accident would likely come to haunt a nation whose education system is believed to be challenged.
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