FG Makes U-turn, Says It Is Not Convinced Schools Should Reopen

The federal government says it is not yet convinced that schools should be reopened for academic activities.

Minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made the disclosure on Thursday, September 10 at a meeting the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 held in Abuja with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health.

Nwajiuba said the federal government is not convinced that schools can manage themselves and meet up with the required guidelines for reopening of schools.

He stated that the ministry of education was still making evaluations to find out if it is safe to reopen schools.

The minister made the statement in response to a question from Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar on school reopening.

At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.

“Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation,” the minister said.

Nwajiuba added that the ministry he heads would evaluate the level of compliance by academic facilities.

He cited experts opinions that schools stands as a high-risk place for the transmission of COVID-19. Hence the reason why government is trying to make school reopening safe.

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