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Fresh update on re-opening of schools in Nigeria – FG

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Fresh Update On Re-opening Of Schools In Nigeria - FG

Fresh Update On Re-opening Of Schools In Nigeria

The federal government has given another fresh update on the re-opening of school in Nigeria.

On confirmation that the news wave of resuming schools yesterday, 8th of march is rumour, the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has re-stated today 9th of June, that there is no official announced date for re-opening schools in Nigeria.

The minister, however, disclosed that only the PTF on COVID-19 could approve the reopening of schools in Nigeria.

While addressing newsmen, He urged students and parents to disregard news being circulated on the social media, about timetables released from the Ministry of Education on the conduct of West African Examination Council Examinations (WAEC). He he tagged such news “fake” and misleading.

Following the pressure on him by Nigerian students, Nwajiuba stressed that only the PTF on COVID-19 could approve the reopening of schools, adding that the government can not risk to experiment / endanger the lives of Nigerian students to the persisting pandemic.

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He said the Federal Ministry of Education has no sovereign right to arbitrarily pronounce the reopening of schools with the rise in reported coronavirus cases across the country.

The minister further clarified that it would be ineffective to reopen schools as teachers and students can’t move / travel freely to their schools until the interstate travel ban is lifted.

On Fresh Update On Re-opening Of Schools, He said;

“We shall reopen schools when it is safe to do so. Even neighbouring countries that re-opened later shut down again, as cases increased with children get infected in school.

“Of all the things, we can experiment with lives of Nigerian students. The truth is that we want a situation where once we are sure it is safe, we can then re-open schools.”

Concerning the pending O’level examinations, the minister disclosed that yesterday, Monday, June 8, he had meeting with representatives of WAEC, NECO and NABTEB to brainstorm on how to conduct their exams effectively.

Hossana C. Infozer, you can link up with me via social media platforms @officialinfozer.

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