The federal has said it’s not come to some extent where it’s convinced that schools should be reopened for tutorial exercise after their closure thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a gathering of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health.
The meeting was presided over by the Minister of data and Culture on behalf of the Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the govt of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, NAN reports.
The meeting was to hunt the support of the normal rulers towards preventing community spread of COVID-19.
Responding to an issue from Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, on school reopening, Nwajiuba said the federal remains evaluating things .
“At the instant , we’ve not come to the purpose where we will say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.
“Our teams have gone out, and that we will use the entire of in the week and next week to try to to a correct evaluation.
“We are going round to ascertain the extent of compliance, but most significantly , we are waiting to urge an update on all the facilities in every a part of Nigeria.
“So, it’s a piece ongoing ,” he said.
The minister said the govt strongly believes within the opinion of experts that 15 percent of transmission of the pandemic is from the varsity environment.
“We believe expert opinion that a faculty system may be a suspect place for transmission, which is why we are working with them, particularly on guidelines.
“We are suggesting that classes be remodeled if there aren’t enough classrooms for social distancing,
“We can do that system where some can are available the morning, maybe the junior classes and therefore the senior classes can are available the afternoon.
“We also are understanding guidelines like the washing of hands because the varsity must continue at one point,” he said.
The minister added that they experimented with the system within the past weeks during the West African School Certificate Examinations and therefore the Joint Admission Matriculation Examination.
“We are lucky so far because we only recorded an event in Gombe where a toddler contacted COVID-19.
“We quickly isolated him, and he recovered in time to hitch the category back.
“But that showed that these places are sources of spread,” he said.