Considering that many students are falling behind in their learning journey because of the prolonged school closure, the decision to reopen schools should be a top priority.
Federal Government of Nigeria, however, is not disposed to taking any undue action in line with schools resumption.
On Wednesday during his briefing with Journalists in Abuja, the secretary to the Federal Government and the Chairman of PTF on Covid 19, Boss Mustapha, gave the directive that the ministry of Education will roll out measures for the reopening of schools.
He called on the state and local governments as well as school proprietors to begin to take steps that will facilitate an early safe reopening.
Schools have been locked up in the country since March 19 as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus infection. Two months after, the number of reported Covid 19 cases continues to rise. This situation has created an unprecedented upheaval task for many stakeholders in the educational sector.
According to the minister of state on Education Emeka Nwajiuba in a press briefing on Wednesday;
“until we are sure that our children can go to school and return safely without taking Covid 19 home, we’re not ready to take the risk of opening schools.
He further intimated that the ministry is taking plans to ensure students safe return to school along the following lines:
- Schools will reopen in phases with those to write exams returning first.
- Observation of Physical and social distancing measures.
- Proper Sanitation and safety hygiene measures.
- Adopting a two shift system of morning and afternoon sessions.