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FG gives fresh update on school resumption

Minister for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba
Tochi Juliet

Nigeria's Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has stated that the news on school resumption to be June 8 is false.

Nwajiuba urged parents and guardians to disregard the rumours making the rounds on school resumption to be June 8. He made this assertion during his briefing at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday.

"June 8 school resumption date report is false," he said.

The minister also explained the federal government would adopt a model that ensures all students don't return to school at the same time.

According to Nwajiuba, "The plan entails adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others."

He advised that this period of lockdown and break should be used to improve on one's skill and find something reasonable doing aside from the usual ones.

"Use this period to upgrade skills and think of how to make their teachings impactful. Those running the secondary schools should think of what to do."

"We are also looking at having sanitisation booths working with NASENI. It is a forewarning to private and State governments to ensure that these things are put in place before schools can reopen."

The Minister also disclosed that the federal government was considering morning and afternoon classes when it resumes schools across the country.

"We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us.

"I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now," he said.

The Minister said the decision was based on advice from experts as well as those of the World Health Organisation.

Shehu Sani, former Kaduna Central Senator, has warned against reopening of schools.

The former lawmaker pointed out that no one will be psychologically at peace when their children resume school at a time like this.

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