COVID 19 AND NIGERIA :
STUDENTS TO WAIT FURTHER AS FG MAKES U-TURN ON DECISION TO FULLY REOPEN SCHOOLS :
The Education sector may still suffer a setback as the Nigerian government on Thursday said it is not yet fully convinced about the readiness of schools to fully reopen.
This was made known by the minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba in Abuja during the meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) Covid 19, which was held with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health.
The minister while responding to a question from the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar reportedly made the statement saying the the Nigerian government through the ministry of education is checking and evaluating to see if schools are ready to fully reopen. He said “At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably”.
“Our teams have gone out and we’ll use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation”.
The minister made it clear that the federal government of Nigerian was only trying to heed the advice of experts who feel schools can pose as a high risk transmission center and, that is why the government needs to be sure of safe reopening before allowing that.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has given a hint on its phased reopening of schools.
This was made known by the Special Adviser to the governor on education, Tokunbo Wahab who said the Lagos state government is doing a phased reopening of tertiary institutions beginning with final year students of universities and polytechnics, as reported by Channels TV.
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