The federal government has announced plans to reopen schools nationwide soon, and has said it won’t be speculated in two weeks. This was announced by Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba during the Presidential Task Force at the COVID-19 press conference in Abuja after rumors said the federal government would reopen schools in the next two weeks.
The federal government had ordered measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic from being closed indefinitely across the country.
Nwajiuba said that schools could be reopened if the safety of school children could be guaranteed. He said the government was careful not to endanger the lives of school children and the spread of the coronavirus in society.
He added that his ministry is working with other relevant stakeholders and government agencies to take the necessary measures that would ensure the safety of children before school reopening.
He said: “We are all seriously interested in reopening and I think we will reopen soon. But I cannot confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks.
“The five countries of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) meet and I just emerged from a meeting with the African Union (AU) Ministers of Education. Everyone is as worried as you are. We hope to open again soon.
“I met with the Ministry of Science and Technology this morning. We want to set up a system that can disinfect every child when they go to school and disinfect when they go out.
“If we properly care for our schools, we can open again. But we need to be able to ensure that the children go in and out safely and don’t become a channel for further infections in society. “
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