The Federal Government of Nigeria has submitted the proposed guidelines for schools reopening across the country to the National Assembly.
This was made known in a presentation by the The Minister of State for Education on Tuesday during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria,NAN,the minister intimated the lawmakers of the ministry’s plans for students to resume school in all states of the country Healthforbes Media
Schools had been closed in March by the FG, across the Federation as part of measures to harness the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.
The minister said, “In the document provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward during this pandemic.
“We don’t want to make it known at this time so that some people will not take our proposed guidelines for school reopening.
“Even if the Senate has not called us, we would have come to you to discuss with you because we have already discussed with the House of Representatives.
“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders.”
Akon Eyakenyi who is the Vice-Chairperson of the Committee, and also presided over the meeting, expressed fears that the academic calendar could be destabilized in public schools where no tangible arrangement has being made to teach pupils and students at home, unlike their private school counterparts.
He said, “Even when the students in the cities have access to education programmes on radio and television, what of those in the villages? What do we do so that we don’t shut them out?
“If the government can give guidelines for the reopening of churches and mosques, stakeholders in the education sector could also hold a meeting with the government to agree on guidelines for school reopening”.
By Dung Donald Malou