FG: No date for school resumption yet, we don’t want to put our children at risk

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The Federal Government has stated no date yet has been fixed for reopening of schools across the country.

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic.

Recall that Buhari had on Monday announced there would be gradual relaxation of the ongoing lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja as from May 4.

Nwajiuba, however, said there are presently no plans for reopening schools nationwide yet.

His words: “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.”

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