The Edo state government has resolved to relocate the venue of the students that will be sitting for the upcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the state because it clashed with the Edo governorship election on Saturday.
The students who have been re-scheduled to another location to write the Mathematics 1 and 2 papers outside the state took to a protest at the government house, Benin, on Monday that the new arrangement would destabilize them and affect their performances.
According to the leader of the protest, Iko Moses , “The plan to relocate us out of Edo State, our state, to other states for the examination because of the September 10 election in Edo State is an ill wind which will affect our chance to perform well in the examination.
“We have found this situation very disturbing, discouraging and we cannot take the risk. Environmental conduciveness has a great impact on students’ performance in examinations”.
“You will agree with me that a threat to any of the mentioned indices is a threat to us and the outcome of the examination. We want to humbly say that as the election is important to the nation so is our exam important to us. It is even more important to us because without a good education, we cannot grow up to participate in the Nigerian democracy.
“The examination has already started in Edo State and it will be dangerous to now move us out of the terrain we are already used to and compel us to take one of our most important examinations outside the state.
The group called on President Mohammadu Buhari to intervene on the issue adding that the future of the students cannot be sacrificed for an election.