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COVID-19: We’ll not take risk over school reopening – Minister

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Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, says the Federal Ministry of Education will not take any risk over reopening of schools in the face of COVID-19.

Nwajiuba said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the schools would not reopen until government was sure that the children could go to school safe and not infected with the deadly coronavirus or got infect by others.

He said that it would work in conjunction with the World Health Organisation (WHO) before the reopening of schools.

The minister added that the ministry would publish what must be done before schools could be reopened by either private or public school.

He also said that the children must go to school safe.

“We want all our children to go to school by the time the schools would have been able to achieve physical distancing,’’ he said.

Nwajiuba explained that for tertiary institutions, there would be need to have a semester within a semester for the students.

He added that while some courses would do their semester first, others would follow suit in a bid to maintain social distancing measure.

He urged lecturers in tertiary institutions to use the period to upgrade themselves.

“Period like this should not be wasted and tertiary institutions must be functioning.’’

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