The Federal Government has stated that it is against the reopening of schools after their closure due to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was announced by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health on Thursday.
Top Gist Portal informs that the meeting was chaired by the Minister of Information and Culture on behalf of the Chairman of the PTF and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
The meeting was to seek the assistance of the traditional rulers in preventing the spread of COVID-19 to the region.
Responding to a question from the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, on the re-opening of the school, Nwajiuba said that it had not reached a point where he was persuaded that schools should be re-opened for academic exercise.
In his words 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 will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.
“We are going round to see the level of compliance but most importantly we are waiting to get an update on all the facilities in every part of Nigeria. So, it is a work in progress.”.
He stated that the federal government believe the opinion of experts that the school system is a suspect place for transmission.
“We are suggesting that classes be remodelled if there are no enough classrooms for social distancing,” Nwajiuba said.
“We can do tier system, some can come in the morning, maybe the junior classes and the senior classes can come in the afternoon.
“We are also working out guidelines such as washing of hands because school must go on at one point.”