The Federal Government of Nigeria has said schools can’t reopen yet Healthforbes Media reporting.
This was made known by Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, he disclosed this in Abuja on Monday 8th June 2020, during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He urges the Citizens of Nigeria to debunk the news of Schools reopening 21st June,2020.
He said: “Any reopening of school would involve the advice of expert on when it is safer to reopen schools.
“This is to avoid the mistake of shipping the students in and out of school.” He said the ministry would not lead Nigerians into danger because it was in a hurry to reopen schools.
“I’ll not want to experiment with your children. “What we’re planning is to bring those that’ll be exiting from Junior Secondary to Senior and those who will be writing the West Africa Examinations Council to write their promotion exams. “We’re, however, looking at when the interstate lockdown will be reopened so the children can move to write their exams in their schools”.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation,SGF, and PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, said Nigeria would not hastily reopen schools in order to avoid severe consequences that happened to other countries. He used South Korea as an example, that reopened the schools and had to shut them again when the cases upswinged. “There was also the recent case of Israel that also reopened the schools and shut them again.
He added that; “So, we should learn from what’s happening to others.
Boss Mustapha said the southeast was not doing much testing, hence could not allow the taskforce to understand the extent of the spread of the virus there to make for adequate planning and provisions. “Of about 76, 800 plus of the number of tests we’ve conducted, when I looked at the 5 south-eastern states, they accounted for just 1,625 as of 1st June. “That number is an indication of under-testing and it’s a message that should go out to all the states. Do not under-test because when it’ll blow up on your face, you’ll get overwhelmed.
He suggested;“So, begin to search now and test so that you know what eventually might come your way and you begin to prepare for it. “For all the states that have not been ramping up their tests, my advice to them is: ramp up your tests, test, test and test”.
By Dung Donald Malou