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FG Reveals When Schools Will Reopen Across States

The Federal Government has said that schools across the country would reopen after the ban on interstate movement has been lifted.

According to the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, the government was been careful not to lead Nigerians into danger as Nigeria continues to record increased cases.

Some countries which earlier opened schools have hurriedly shut them when their COVID-19 cases increased.

Nwajiuba made this disclosure on Monday during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He stated that the government had not published any date for school reopening as being speculated on social media.

The federal government had in March shut all schools in the country as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The minister 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.

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“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.”

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