By: Alfred Saiki,
There are strong indications that the threat by the Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSN) to boycott future examinations to be conducted or organized by West African Examination Council (WAEC) may hold, as reports has it that the Examination body is yet to reverse its decision, disqualifying Christian Schools from participating in the supervision of its exams.
REALITY gathers that, rather than the Examination body reaching out to the Christian aggrieved Schools and their Management to address the issue at hand, they have decided to employ the armchair approach, a position pundits believe may soon polarize the educational system in the country purely along religious line.
You would recall that the Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSN) had few weeks ago, threatened to boycott future examinations by WAEC.
This was contained in a communiqué of ACSN, dated 21st March, 2018, signed by the President of the Association in Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Ekaete Ettang, while reacting to the alleged recent decision of the Examination Council (WAEC) to disqualify Christian Schools from participating in the supervision of its forth coming examinations on the grounds of alleged malpractices.
“All Christian Schools will boycott future WAEC examinations if WAEC does not reverse its decision.” ACSN had stated.
The ACSN in the Communiqué released after an emergency meeting in St. John’s College, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, wondered why WAEC would still go ahead and use their schools as custodian centres and at the same time disqualify them from supervision.
“If WAEC does not reverse this decision and planned implementation, all Christian Schools will boycott future WAEC examination”, Dr. Mrs. Ekaete had stated while reading the communique.
The Communique in part reads:
“The Association of Christian Schools demand that WAEC cancels the order and reverts to status quo where credible teachers from Christian Schools in Nigeria were involved in the supervision of WAEC examinations. Failure to do so, all Christian Schools nationwide will withdraw from future WAEC examinations”.
“WAEC and Ministries of Education must provide statistics to show the trends in the examination malpractices across the Schools which forms the basis of their decision”.
“The Christian Schools demand that the laws and legislations that prohibit TEACHER’S from Christian Schools from supervising WAEC examinations be made available, as they have been participating in this process over the years based on written communications that are on record”.
“The stigmatization of teachers from Christian Schools as cheats is most unacceptable to us. We, therefore, demand that WAEC reverses this decision forthwith and tenders a public apology to the Christian Schools for this misrepresentation”.
“Given the historical contribution of Christian Education towards Nigerian Educational system and development of the society, disqualifying Christian teachers from supervising WAEC contradicts what we rightfully deserve and which has done irreparable damage to our reputation, character, integrity and identity as a group”.
The meeting agreed that WAEC should be involving all stakeholders in the planning, conduct of examinations, resolving all the issues affecting the process as well as in the final decisions on related matters for ownership and collective wisdom. ACSN is willing to make positive contribution, as a key stakeholder, in this regard.