FG will reopen schools when… – Minister of State for Education

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has hinted at a possible reopening of schools in the country.

While briefing the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 yesterday in Abuja, Nwajiuba said the Federal Government will meet with stakeholders and return to the PTF to review the Coronavirus situation before making a date pronouncement.

He urged rioting students to exercise patience as the government was working to achieve a full resumption.

According to him, 78 privately-owned Universities had expressed readiness to reopen, but government-owned  schools expressed 50% readiness.

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He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education yesterday on the issue.

“I urge our students who have actually exercised a lot of patience along with their parents. I urge you to bear with us a little bit more. The rioting needs to stop; there is nothing to riot about.

“We don’t want to bandy around dates,” he said.

Secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2020.


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