School Reopening: FG not yet convinced

It appears that the hope of any immediate plan to fully reopen schools nationwide is still in doubt as the federal government said it is not yet convinced that schools should be reopened for academic activities. This was made known by Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education, on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health. Nwajiuba said the federal government is not yet convinced that school can manage themselves and reopen comfortably. The minister stated that the ministry of education was still evaluating to find out if it is safe to reopen schools. He was reported to have made the statement when responding to a question from Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar on school reopening. “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,” the minister said. “Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation. Nwajiuba explained that the education ministry would evaluate the level of compliance by academic facilities. He cited the opinions of experts that schools remain a suspect place for the transmission of COVID-19. 50% Nigerians rely on borehole as clean source of water, 66% drink unsafe water – Poll revealed According to him, that was why the government is trying to make school reopening safe.

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This is coming when many parents and students are hoping for a possible Reopening in September. To this end, parents and students will have to wait a little longer until the federal government makes provision that will help in containing the spread of the virus in schools.

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