By Amidu Arije
The federal government has reinstated that schools will only reopen when health experts certified so and that the government is not planning to reopen schools on June 8 as been reported in some sections of the media and social media
The federal government said there is no iota of truth in those reports saying it will ensure schools are disinfected and safe for children to return to school before announcing any date for resumption.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja on Wednesday disclosed that the federal government will not rush to reopen schools until when the coasters are clear.
Nwajiuba said as parts of plans to the reopening of schools, the federal government is considering sectionalising schools hours for morning and afternoon.
“Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people who are more susceptible than they are, then we are running a huge risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, I am not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost,” he said.
Nwajiuba said the ministry will publish a guideline based on health experts and World Health Organsiation to guide the process of reopening of schools in the country.
The Minsiter appealed to private school owners in the country to work in tandem and co-operate with the government in ensuring the safe reopening of schools in the country.
“We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 reopening to look like. We are not talking about coping with COVID-19 but in spite of COVID-19, we expect that we will adapt.
“For a country that has over 115,000 primary schools, you will understand that 35,000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in.
“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us. I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he stated.