Minister says likely date of school resumption in Nigeria

The Nigerian Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has said Nigerian schools may reopen after the ban on interstate travel has been lifted.

Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba who dismissed social media reports about schools reopening said the government would only reopen schools when medical experts give the nod to do so.

Read part of Emeka Nwajiuba’s speech on the reopening of Nigerian schools:

“You heard about neighbouring countries that reopened and shut down again. You have heard about numbers spiking as a result of reopening the schools. Of all the things I would like to do, I wouldn’t want to experiment with your children.

“What we are planning is to actually bring in those exit years first as soon as those who are in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers cannot come. So, we are looking at somewhere after when this interstate lockdown is lifted because we need to have that kind of openness for even the children to move.”

Minister Emeka Nwajiuba gave the talk on Monday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19.

The Federal Government of Nigeria ordered the immediate closure of all schools in the country in March as part of the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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