FG Gives Fresh Updates On School Resumptions, Warns Makinde, Others On Plan To Reopen Schools
Following the growing cases of coronavirus in the country, the federal government cautioned state governments against the re-opening of schools due to pressure from children and parents. Nigerian Tribune reports that the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, who spoke on Monday, June 22, while responding to questions during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, also said that the Federal Ministry of Education did not give Oyo State any guidance on re-opening schools. The Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, during the Presidential briefing of COVID-19. However, he declared that, in the final year, students studying for the West African Examination Council ( WAEC) Senior High School Examination (SSCE), the National Examination Council ( NECO) and the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) exams will soon be able to resume revisions. He appealed to parents and other stakeholders to continue to support the government while the situation is being monitored to ensure the safety of children when the schools are finally reopened. The Minister said: "The Ministry of Education did not offer advice to Oyo State on the re-opening of schools. We also think it's a little misleading, because if you look next to them, there's an Ogun state it actually had a lockout."There is no reason why there should be more numbers in the state of Oyo than in the state of Ogun, where we thought we had the problem. Something's not all right in that respect.
However, the state of Oyo, like all other sub-nationals of governors, and under our constitution, governors are responsible for their states."You might have learned from our conversations with you that out of 774 local governments in Nigeria, there are very few LGs with that responsibility. It is therefore very straightforward to get the impression from the edges of the world that such things are not happening, since they are not occurring in your immediate locality.However, Nwajiuba said that the primary objective of the government is the security of its citizens, stressing that public health is key and primary to the delivery of security.He said that was why the government was extremely conscious of making any pronouncement about the re-opening of schools.He insisted that the education sector owns the largest number of facilities in the world, with 138,000 primary schools throughout the country."If we only re-open that on our own, there are almost 600 all kinds of institutions awarding certificates across Nigeria, and at any given time in Nigeria, there are approximately 30 million people attending one type of formal education or another.The Minister noted that Nigeria did not even get to optimum testing and could not even forecast the likelihood that the pandemic would be most likely to occur, saying that the least government could do was keep the children he described as Nigeria's most proud and future under lock and key.He added that it would gladly do so when the government was sure to release them. It has been reported that the NCDC has revealed that 35 states and Abuja have confirmed coronavirus cases.
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