The Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, said on Monday that the May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination results of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls were ready.
The girls were abducted in April by members of the Boko Haram fundamentalists at Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
The minister, who appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Education, Abuja, told the lawmakers that the Ministry of Education was reviewing the results.
He said that the review was necessary because the examinations became “haphazard” as a result of the abduction.
Responding to a question by a Reps member who sought to know the fate of the girls, Shekarau assured the committee that the Federal Government was working seriously to secure the release of the girls.
He added that efforts were also being made on the improvement of girl-child education in the North-East zone.
“By 1pm today (Monday), President Goodluck Jonathan has scheduled a meeting in which I am attending, specifically to address some of the issues of girl-child education in that troubled zone.
“In fact, this morning, I got a communication from the West African Examinations Council that the result of the Chibok Secondary School is out. The ministry has to look at it via-a-viz the security situation and implication before the formal release,” said Shekarau.
Shekarau said that when the abduction took place, some students remained and completed their examinations.
“This is just for the information of the honourable members. It is also a matter of great concern to us. I am sure by 1pm, four, five of us will be sitting with Mr. President to address this issue,” he said.
Shekarau was invited by the committee to shed light on the decision of the Federal Government to re-open schools on September 22 as against the earlier date of October 13, following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.