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Don’t reopen schools now, it is not safe yet – FG tells states

The Federal Government has cautioned state governments not to reopen schools yet in the country as the coronavirus cases continue to increase by the day.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who stated this on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, cautioned the state governments against succumbing to pressure from parents and others to reopen schools.

He said reopening of schools now could worsen the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Nwajiuba noted that his ministry did not give Oyo State any guidance to reopen schools.

The Minister announced that final year students preparing for the West African Examination Council Senior Secondary School Examination (WAECSSSE), the National Examination Council (NEC) and National Business and Technical Education Board (NBTEB) examinations would soon be allowed to resume for revisions.

He urged to parents and other stakeholders to continue to bear with the government while “the situation is being monitored so as to guarantee the safety of children when the schools are eventually re-opened.”

Nwajiuba also urged parents and other care givers to continue to keep the children save at home for their and everyone’s sake and future.

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