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Schools will reopen when it is safe- Education Minister

Nigeria’s Minister for Education, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba has said that schools across Nigeria will not reopen until the Federal Government can guarantee that it safe for children to go back to school.

It can be recalled that schools in Nigeria were closed by the Nigerian Government due to the novel coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 and have remained closed since then.

At the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 While also celebrating Children’s Day, the Education Minister assured Nigerians, that government was monitoring the situation and is putting measures in place for the safe return of students to school.

Until we are sure that our children can go to school and return safely without taking Covid-19 home, we are not ready to take the risk of opening schools.” He said at the daily press briefing of the task force today.

Mr. Nwajiuba said that the Federal Government will rely on the opinion of experts and the guidance of the World Health Organisation before announcing any school resumption dates.

Nwajiuba said government was working on a model to ensure that all the children do not return to their schools at the same time to ensure physical and social distancing as well as proper sanitation and hygiene at every school.The plan entails adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others.

He urged State Governments and owners of private schools to plan ahead on how to ensure maximum safety for students when the resumption plan is unveiled.

Source: Voice of Nigeria