The Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, has announced that despite the announcement made by President Muhammadu Buhari on the gradual easing of the lockdown, there still has not been any update on the resumption of schools.
Mr Nwajiuba made this statement in a press briefing on Tuesday by the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 in Abuja.
President Buhari had on Monday, relaxed the lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States and as a result, questions were asked about the effect of this relaxation on schools. To this, Mr Nwajiuba said that the Federal Ministry of Education could not foresee or give any date when schools will be resuming in the country.
He said, “The President actually addressed the issue of the opening of the economy gradually. Until that is done, we can’t foresee or immediately tell you when all the schools will be reopened. It will not be proper for us to simply give you a date. It has to be in tandem with these opening terms. We don’t want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on their own without the society”
When asked about students moving to the next level and how it would affect them, the minister said that preparations are being made and these plans will be implemented when they are satisfied that children promoting have learnt enough.
According to the minister, On the question of children promoting to the next class, those exams will happen when we are satisfied that the children have learnt what is enough for them to move. For those who are in the exit classes of junior basic and senior secondary schools, we are preparing them and will continue to.
“This will go on until we are sure that they are equipped for the external examinations”
The minister further stated that the West African Examination Council has not cancelled their exams but have only postponed it indefinitely.
He said, “This indefinite nature is so that we can get a definite date. Students will still have to go and take those exams when we are sure that we have taken good care of the pupils.”