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COVID-19 School Reopening: Bear With Us A Little More, Education Minister Tells Students

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The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has advised the Nigerian students to exercise more patience as Nigeria mulls the reopening of schools after months of forced closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


       
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba gives an update on the COVID-19 situation in the country on April 21, 2020(Credit: Channels Tv)











Nwajiuba who praised the students for their patience since schools were shut down in the country,  gave an assurance that the Federal Ministry of Education is working with stakeholders for the safe reopening of the education centres.


“I urge our students who have actually exercised a lot of patience along with their parents … I urge you to bear with us a little bit more. The rioting needs to stop; there is nothing to riot about,” the minister stated during Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.










     
Students under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students during a protest to demand the reopening of Tertiary Institutions by the Nigerian Government amid the coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday 19th August 2020(VAM gallery)


Nwajiuba disclosed that there have been moves to safely reopen schools, noting that the guidelines for such have been given to higher institutions, with a number of them already expressing their commitment to adhere to the protocols.










He expressed confidence that relevant authorities would soon give a nod to the resumption of classes.


“We don’t want to bandy around dates,” he said, “We remain positive.”


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According to the Minister, the Federal Government is also in negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), reiterating that every player in the education sector is engaged on the reopening of schools.


“The PTF profiles for us a national response and everyone can tee off from there,” he added.










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