The Federal Ministry of Education has submitted a comprehensive plan to the National Assembly for the reopening of schools across the country.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, made the declaration on Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
The Minister was in the upper chamber to inform federal lawmakers about his ministry’s proposal for pupils who had been ordered to stay at home as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
The minister didn’t give any details of the plan, mentioning that some Nigerians will misunderstand it as the ministry’s guidelines for schools reopening.
He stated that children are asymptomatic carriers. Saying that nobody can tell if the children can infect each other. Not even health experts can affirm this. He says the only thing everybody knows about is what we read, as there is nothing we have been able to discover on our own.
He stated that the document they have provided has some suggestions on how the education sector can move forward in this pandemic period.
He said the documents were given to the house so that they can verify and make inputs as major stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the Minister said he was concerned over the decision of the Oyo State Government to reopen its primary and secondary schools in spite of the current surge in coronavirus cases in the state.
He said that he doesn’t understand why the Oyo State Government is discussing reopening of schools when it has started recording an increase in coronavirus cases?
He also started that Ogun State which was part of the state that the FG ordered a total lockdown since April is not even talking about the reopening of schools.
The Minister disclosed that Kogi and Criss River states are not fully cooperating with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control in the case of testing of which other states have commenced their own testing exercise.
Senator Akon Eyakenyi, Vice Chairman of the panel, who presided over the meeting, expressed concerns that the academic calendar could be changed in public schools where no alternative was being made to teach children at home unlike other children in private schools.