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Nigeria: We’ll Not Take Risk Over Reopening school -Minister

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Minister of State for Education, says the Federal Ministry of Education will not take any risk over reopening of schools in the face of COVID-19.

Mr Emeka Nwajiuba said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news conference. He said that the schools would not reopen until government was sure that the children could go to school safe and not infected with the deadly coronavirus. It would work in conjunction with the World Health Organisation before the reopening of schools.

The minister also said the ministry would publish what must be done before schools could be reopened by either private or public schools.

Nwajiuba explained that for tertiary institutions, there would be need to have a semester within a semester for the students noting that while some courses would do their semester first, others would follow suit in a bid to maintain social distancing measure.

He urged lecturers in tertiary institutions to use the period to upgrade themselves adding that a Period like this should not be wasted and tertiary institutions must be functioning.

For secondary school students, the minister said those in senior secondary might resume before their junior counterparts.

He said the ministry would also look at the sanitary condition of schools before reopening, noting that schools must be ready to display manually-made hand sanitizer machines.

The only condition for reopening of schools would be that schools must be ready to receive the students by providing all the needed materials to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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