It appears that the prospect of any immediate plan to fully reopen schools nationwide is still in doubt as the federal government said it is not yet convinced that schools should be reopened for academic activities.
The disclosure was made by Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education on Thursday, September 10, in Abuja at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 held with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health.
According to The Nation newspaper, Nwajiuba said the federal government is not convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.
The minister stated that the ministry of education was still evaluating to find out if it is safe to reopen schools.
He was reported to have made the statement when responding to a question from Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar on school reopening.
“At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably,” the minister said.
“Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.”
Nwajiuba explained that the education ministry would evaluate the level of compliance by academic facilities.
He cited the opinions of experts that schools remain a suspect place for the transmission of COVID-19.
According to him, that was why the government is trying to make school reopening safe.
In another news report, the Lagos government has given a crucial update on the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state amid the terrible scourge of the coronavirus pandemic. Tokunbo Wahab, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on education disclosed that the state government will do a phased reopening of universities and polytechnics by starting with final-year students, Channels TV reported. Wahab explained that this category of students who have been receiving lectures online will return to their campuses, take their revision and then write examinations and projects before others will begin to resume.