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FG explains why schools cannot reopen



The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has said that Schools cannot reopen because it would amount to huge risk for children to get infected with the coronavirus.

The minister stated this on Wednesday during the press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Nwajiuba also dismissed reports claiming that schools would reopen on the 8th of June.

According to him, the government could not afford to take that risk, especially as it regards the safety of pupils and students in the country.

According to him: “Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people who are more susceptible than they are, then we are running a huge risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, I am not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost.”

Speaking further, the Minister said the ministry is being guided by the advice of experts including those of the World Health Organisation (WHO), adding that the decision to reopen schools would be carefully arrived at because education is on the concurrent list of the Nigerian Constitution.

He also urged owners of private schools to co-operate with the government in ensuring a safe reopening.

“We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 reopening to look like.

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“We are not talking about coping with COVID-19 but in spite of COVID-19, we expect that we will adapt.

“For a country that has over 115,000 primary schools, you will understand that 35,000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in.

“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided, provided they can serve us.

“I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he explained.

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.