Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has warned that hundreds of thousands of students from the southeast may not be able to sit for English Language and General Mathematics during the international examination as a result of the ongoing sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, has announced August 16, 2021, for the commencement of the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination and it will end on 30th September 2021.
And DAILY POST reported that despite the order by IPOB leadership suspending the ‘every Monday’ sit-at-home protest declared in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu, residents of Awka and Onitsha and other parts of the region are still unsure if to venture out.
The English Language will be coming up on the 13th of September, 2021, and General Mathematics is slated for the 20th of September this year.
The dates fall on a Monday and given the sit-at-home protest students in the South East region may not be able to sit for the examination.
It should be recalled that the sit-at-home started on 9th August, and students from the South East missed the examination for Mathematics.
“These scenarios mean that students from the southeast may be deprived of gaining admission to Universities this year. Education is vital to human development and the nation as a whole,” he noted in a chat with DAILY POST.
“One will frankly advise the IPOB to halt the protest for the students to sit for 2021 WASSCE, especially the basic subjects without which admission to tertiary institutions may be impossible.
“The Nnamdi Kanu I know won’t have supported such an idea that would jeopardize the educational progress of hundreds of thousands of students in the South East, this will be counterproductive. The other aspect of it is that this protest might stall the early release of Nnamdi Kanu from detention.
“The plan is to release him without trial, but if the government is forced to commence trial, it will not be in Kanu’s interest. We as a group will therefore urge IPOB to suspend the protest given the adverse effect on students from the Southeast region.
“There is no justification whatsoever to continue the sit-at-home protest to the detriment of our students who may eventually be deprived of gaining admission to tertiary institutions.
“The best thing that is very reasonable to do is to immediately review the protest and allow our students to sit for the examination they registered for.
“History and posterity may not forgive if nothing was done to ensure that our students move along with others in the country.”