FG advised states against re-opening schools, gives new updates on academic resumption and SSCE examinations.
The Federal Government of Nigeria, through it’s minister of states for education, Hon. Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, has advised the state government against re-opening of schools.
Nwajiuba, while answering a question at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 made emphasis of Oyo state, saying the state’s ministry of education has not given any directives for re-opening academic activities.
The minister showed great concern on a fresh outbreak of coronavirus disease in the state of schools are to open at this moment.
He stated that the major concern of the federal government is Ogun state, being one of the state’s on lockdown and sharing boundary with Oyo state.
“The Ministry of Education did not give guidance to Oyo state to reopen schools. We also think that is a little bit of contradictory because if you look next to them is Ogun state that actually had a lockdown.”
“So, there is no reason why there should be more number in Oyo state than there are in Ogun state, where we thought we had the problem. Something is not okay in that respect.”
Still speaking, the minister added each Governor is however responsible for his state.
“However, Oyo state like all other sub-nationals have Governors and under our Constitution, Governors are responsible for their states.”
He however, reassured that the final year students preparing for their Senior School Certificate Examinations, SSCE, will be allowed to write their respective exams very soon.
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Speaking further, he made a special appeal to the parents and concerned stakeholders to continue bearing with the government as they are doing all the necessary things in reopening of schools.
Explaining why the Federal Government has been conscious on making any pronouncement on schools’ resumption, the minister said the primary responsibility of the government is security of lives, in which public health is a major key.
He clarify that the education sector remains the largest sector in the country, giving an estimation of 138,000 primary schools across the country.
“If we just reopen that alone, there are nearly 600 all kinds of institutions awarding certificates around Nigeria and at any giving time in Nigeria, there are nearly 30 million people attending one form of formal education or the other. That is about the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. For you to unleash this number to the public in the face of the pandemic will be very insensitive, ” he said.
He however, assured that schools will resume when the government is sure of the safety of every students.
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