|Min. of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba|
The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed that it has not come to a point where it is convinced that schools should be re-opened for academic exercise.
“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.“Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.“We are going round to see the level of compliance but most importantly, we are waiting to get an update on all the facilities in every part of Nigeria:“So, it is a work in progress.”
“We believe the experts that the school system is a suspect place for transmission and that is why we are working with them, particularly on guidelines.“We are suggesting that classes be remodelled if there are no enough classrooms for social distancing,“We can do tier system, some can come in the morning, maybe the junior classes and the senior classes can come in the afternoon.“We are also working out guidelines such as the washing of hands because the school must go on at one point,” he said.
“We are lucky thus far because we only recorded an incident in Gombe, where a child contacted COVID-19.“We quickly isolated him and he recovered in time to join the class back.