The federal government has announced that it is not yet convinced that schools should fully reopen. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) for national primary health.
According to Nwajiuba, the federal government is still assessing the situation. “Right now we haven’t gotten to a point where we can say that we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen themselves easily. “Our teams have run out and we will use the whole week and next week to do a proper assessment. “We will look to the level of compliance, but most importantly, we are waiting for an update from all facilities in all parts of Nigeria:” So it’s an ongoing work, “he said.
The minister said the government believes experts believe that 15 percent of the transmission of the pandemic comes from school.
He added that this is why the government is advocating class remodeling, especially in schools that don’t have enough classrooms for social distancing.
“We can do a tier system, some can come in the morning, maybe the junior classes and the senior classes can come in the afternoon. “We’re also working out guidelines like hand washing because school has to go on at one point,” he said.
The minister said they had experimented with the system over the past few weeks during the West African school leaving exams and joint admissions test, and it appears to have worked so far apart from an incident in Gombe where a child contacted COVID-19.
He called for a seamless and safe reopening of schools between the federal and state governments, especially in primary education.
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