The federal government has said the safety of students and teachers will be its priority when schools resume in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure on Saturday, July 11, during a webinar, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Nwajiuba said the government is working on how to make the educational system cope with the challenges posed by the pandemic, which has become the new normal.
“Most of the things we are working on are toward carrying learners forward in the new system during this pandemic,” the minister said. In another report, a group established to respond to the coronavirus in Nigeria has urged the federal government not to reopen schools. The group, Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, said reopening schools at this time could expose pupils, students, teachers and their families to risks of COVID-19 infection, Daily Trust reported. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to sack the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, over the continued closure of schools in the country. The request was made by the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, July 9, at a media briefing in Akure, Ondo state, Leadership reported. The secretary-general of the association, Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa, accused the education minister of planning to ground education activities in the country for a whole year.
He said the federal government should have allowed pupils back in schools by now. According to Afenifere, the government should have used the six months pupils have spent at home to come up with ways of protecting students against the spread of COVID-19. Afenifere spokesperson said Adamu and the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, have no idea of what they are doing.