The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Wednesday during an appointment by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
He said, “Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people that are more susceptible than they’re , then we are running an enormous risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, i’m unsure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost.”
Nwajiuba said the ministry was being guided by the recommendation of experts including those of the world Health Organisation, noting that the choice to reopen schools would be carefully arrived at because education was on the concurrent list of the Nigerian constitution.
He added, “We are getting to publish a specification on what we expect COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 reopening to look like. We aren’t talking about managing COVID-19 but in spite of COVID-19, we expect that we’ll adapt.
For a nation that has over 115,000 primary schools, you’ll understand that 35,000 of those who are private must comply with set up the same standard in other to permit children to go in.”