FG SPEAKS ON RESUMPTION OF SCHOOLS

No date yet for reopening of schools —Education Minister
The Federal Government on Tuesday said it does not have any date in mind yet for schools in the country to reopen despite the gradual relaxation of the lockdown order announced by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated this at the Tuesday press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

The minister said: “The President actually addressed the issue of the opening of the economy gradually. Until that is done, we can’t foresee or immediately tell you when all the schools will be reopened. It will not be proper for us to simply give you a date. It has to be in tandem with these opening terms. We don’t want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on their own without the society.

“On the question of children promoting to the next class, those exams will happen when we are satisfied that the children have learnt what is enough for them to move. For those who are in the exit classes of junior basic and senior secondary schools, we are preparing them and will continue to.

“This will go on until we are sure that they are equipped for the external examinations. The West African Examinations Council has not cancelled their external exams. It was postponed indefinitely. This indefinite nature is so that we can get a definite date. Students will still have to go and take those exams when we are sure that we have taken good care of the pupils.”