Students To Prepare For Resumption As FG Considers Cross Section Of Classes

Students To Prepare For Resumption As FG Considers Cross Section Of Classes

Oluwafemi Fasoyin, Lagos

Ahead of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government says sectional classes might be considered for schools in the country.

Earlier today Salientreporters reported that the Federal Government would issue out guidelines for the reopening of schools.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this on Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Reports on reopening on June 8 was faulted by the Minister, saying the government could not afford to take any costly risk, especially as it regards the safety of pupils and students in the country.

“Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people who are more susceptible than they are, then we are running a huge risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, I am not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost," he said.

The Minister disclosed that advise from experts as well as those of the World Health Organisation are noted before decision to reopen schools in the country as education is on the concurrent list of the Nigerian Constitution.

In ensuring the safe reopening of schools in the country the minister appealed to private owners of schools in the country to co-operate with the government.

“We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 reopening to look like. We are not talking about coping with COVID-19 but in spite of COVID-19, we expect that we will adapt.

“For a country that has over 115,000 primary schools, you will understand that 35,000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in.

More so, we may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us. I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now.

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