Date has not been fixed for Resumption of Schools – Minister of State for Education
The Federal Government has said it has not set a date for the resumption of school across the country despite the announcement of a gradual reduction in the closure of Lagos, FCT and Ogun State by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
This was revealed by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Tuesday in Abuja at the 21st joint national briefing by the Presidential Task Force (TFP) on COVID-19.
According to him, the Federal Ministry of Education could not give a date when schools would resume across the country. He also explained that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has not canceled their external exams, as students will still have to go and take them when the government is certain that students are no longer in danger of contracting the virus.
“The federal government is not ready to put children at risk by opening schools. “The president actually addressed the issue of opening up the economy gradually. Until that is done, we cannot immediately predict or inform you when all schools will reopen. “It won’t be appropriate for us to just give you an appointment.
You have to be in tandem with these initial terms. We do not want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on its own without society.
“On the question of children attending the next class, those tests will happen when we are sure that the children have learned what is enough to make them move.
“For those who are in the exit classes of the basic elementary and upper secondary schools, we are preparing them and will continue to do so. “This will continue until we are sure that they are equipped for external examinations. “The West African Examinations Council has not canceled its external examinations. It was postponed indefinitely.
“This indefinite nature is so that we can obtain a definitive date. The students will still have to go and take those tests when we are sure that we have taken good care of the students, “he said.
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