The Federal Government has come clear about reports that they have initiated plans to reopen schools although the deadly number of Coronavirus cases keep on increasing.
An explanation has been given by the Federal Minister of Education, Emeka Nwajiuba that who indicated that the FG was seriously considering making plans for students in their final years to write their respective final exams adding that they are not considering opening school entirely.
In his submission on Channels TV, he said;
“We presented to the PTF and by extension, the Federal Government, the plans by examination bodies to hold their exams. The exams are critical for how children progress
We examined it and we felt that it is important to allow those examinations to take place but ahead of them taking place, it is important that those children who have not had the opportunity to revise their syllabus, should have an opportunity to go through that and have a revision class before the exams.
But we understand the limitations of the average Nigerian because not everybody can afford laptops and devices and so if there are people who do have this access and feel confident that their children are ready for the exams, well, we are not compelling anybody to go to any school.
What we have done is to make the facilities in our schools available.
You all know that education is on the concurrent legislative list and we’ve asked that state government’s that own these schools, to provide places to wash hands, check the temperature of the children constantly, have sanitisers in place. Private schools should be able to provide that.”