Amid mounting pressure from parents and stakeholders, the Federal government said it had submitted a proposal to reopen schools across the country to the National Assembly (NASS).
Speaking on Tuesday, June 23, at a meeting with members of the Senate Committee on basic and secondary education, the Minister of education (state) Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba made this known, which apparently heralded a flash of hope.
However, nwajiuba noted that this proposal differs from the guidelines previously published for lifting the ban on training centers.
The Minister also added that the country’s education can be advanced despite the pandemic if all stakeholders develop effective ways that will not contribute to the surge of COVID-19 infection.
He stressed that what the Federal government now has is a proposal that will also be presented to the Senate as a whole, as it was done for the House of representatives.
“In the document we provided, we suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.
“We don’t want this to become known during this period, so that some people don’t accept our offer of guidelines for reopening schools.
“This is because people post fake recommendations every day, which I always come on air to debunk. What we have now is an offer. Even if the Senate had not called us, we would have come to you to discuss it with you, because we have already discussed it with the House of representatives,” the Minister said.
Nwajiuba also warned against plans to open schools by some States in defiance of Central directives from the Federal government.
According to him, such a step is likely to sabotage the collective efforts aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, due to the increasing incidence of Coronavirus in the country, the Federal government has warned state governments not to reopen schools due to pressure from children and parents.
State Minister of education Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, who spoke on Monday, June 22, answering questions at the daily briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, also said that the Federal Ministry of education did not give Oyo state any instructions to reopen schools.