“We want all our children to go to school by the time the schools would have been able to achieve physical distancing. The plan entails adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others.’’ – Nwajiuba
Following the daily briefing from The Presidential Task force on Covid-19, The State Minister for Education Emeka Nwajiuba, described the rumours of schools reopening across the federation on June 8, 2020 as unauthentic.
According to him, the federal government will publish post-COVID-19 guideline for schools, adding that schools would not reopen until when it has been ascertained that pupils can attend classes without the risk of Covid-19 infection. Therefore, the availability of all the materials needed to stop the spread of COVID-19, becomes necessary conditions to be met.
The federal government is setting up modalities geared towards elimination of large number of school children upon resumption, in line with social distance and hygiene practice mandates, he explained.
The State Minister called on SUBEB (State Universal Basic Education Board) and NASENI (National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure), for a need to set up facilities that would serve to engage as well as enhance sanitary practices in schools before resumption.
Nwajiuba stressed, on federal government’s preparedness to implement measures that would work with properly developed academic models to promote social distancing based on factors like students’ academic profile i.e knowing students who are due for exams and those who are not, planning and timing of academic activities, etc.
Drawing attention to observed 2020 children’s day celebration. The PTF chairman Mustapha, emphasized on the challenge the education sector is facing as a result the nationwide school closure. According to him, the situation has increased the population of already existing out-of- school children. Notwithstanding, he assured that the Federal Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring a safe reopening of schools.