Schools May Reopen After Lifting Interstate Travel Ban – Education Minister
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said, during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, that schools may reopen in the country after the ban on interstate movement has been lifted.
The Minister stated that reopening of schools across the nation would require the return of teachers and students to their places of work and schools; hence the need to have access to roads for academic activities to resume.
While restating that the government has not published any date for school reopening, he said the ministry will not want to lead Nigerians into danger.
Nwajiuba said, “We want to open when it is safe to do so. We have heard about neighbouring countries that opened and shut. We have heard about cases spiking with children getting into school. Of all the things I will like to do, I will not like to experiment with your children.
“We want a situation where once we are sure it is safe, we can then take them into school.
“I have just finished a meeting with the representatives of WAEC and NABTEB and I understand how that worries our parents at the moment and how anxious our children are to know what next.
“As soon as those in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers can’t come. So, we are looking at somewhere after the interstate lockdown is lifted. Because we will need that kind of openness for the children to move.”
Recall that the Inter state ban and closure of schools was placed by the Federal government as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus in the country.