The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has disclosed that federal schools would remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.
He also said that it has stopped students from participating in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations earlier scheduled for August 4 to September 5.
Adamu Adamu , disclosed this to newsmen at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also urged state governments that have announced school resumption plans to rescind such.
Adamu stated that the West African Examinations Council could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria .
He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to heath dangers amid the coronavirus pandemic .
Nigeria Labour Congress has kicked against plans by the government to reopen schools, saying the decision is hasty and may not bode well for the country at large.
The affiliate unions of NLC in the education sector which comprises of Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Senior Staff
Association of Polytechnics (SSANIP), Senior Staff Union of in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN), National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) made this call during a virtual meeting held during the weekend.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) union made this call during a virtual joint meeting of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) affiliate unions in the education sector.
In a communiqué signed behalf of the unions by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, they noted with concern the social and economic implications of the outbreak of novel coronavirus all over the world which has impaired human activities due to the lockdown measures, which also precipitated the closure of schools.
While expressing worries over the increasing incidences of the infection across the country and the dearth of educational infrastructures in Nigeria’s institutions of learning, which is capable of undermining the physical distance protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the meeting observed that some conscious measures need to be mapped and put in place before re-opening schools in the country.
The unions noted that government should bring all stakeholders in the primary and secondary education sub-sector comprising the unions, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Provosts of Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCPSS) to deliberate on the way forward on the need to re-open schools.
The apex organization of teachers in the country, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has kicked against the directive given by the government for schools to reopen in order to have graduating students prepare for their external exams, saying that there are no provision whatsoever to protect the teachers and likewise the students against the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Union’s General Secretary, Mike Ene , he said government was playing politics with the directive. He added that he wondered how teachers , who had not been paid salaries in some states , would get money to buy personal protective equipment.
He further said that even no parents would want to make their wards be used as a guinea pig and that it is only who is alive that can speak of keeping hope alive.
Ene also said if government wanted teachers to resume , they should be provided with necessary materials and incentives.
He urged the government to ask Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to move around to make sure that the isolation centres are provided in schools and also ensured that the welfare and safety of the teachers are well taken care of.
The union hammered that government should stop taking teachers for granted and they should provide the necessity that will make the reopening of schools to be feasible before giving orders.
Nigeria government has given directives for safe reopening of schools for graduating students who will be writing external examinations with immediate effect.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID- 19 , Boss Mustapha , disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow pupils in graduating classes resume preparation for examinations .
Boss also disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force ’ s fifth interim report which was submitted to the President earlier in the day .
Explaining the partial reopening of schools , the PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu said that for educational activities, all day care and primary schools are to remain closed until further evaluation .
He added that schools are encouraged to continue with e – learning and virtual teaching and that pupils may proceed to take the national common entrance ( examination) as soon as it is feasible, provided there is compliance with issued non – pharmaceutical interventions .
Aliyu also said that arrangements are required to be made for exiting graduating students in the JSS 3 and the SS 3 to resume at both boarding and day schools as soon as possible for intensive revision exercises.
He pointed that tertiary institutions and other classes of the secondary schools are to remain closed.
Miss Maduafokwa Agnes Egoagwuagwu is currently trending following the unveiling of her details after she had the highest JAMB score in 2020 UTME.
Agnes emerged as the candidate with the highest UTME score for the year 2020 after she scored 365 out of 400.
She is the President of the Maths Club, and the 1st Assistant Head Girl of Louisville Girls High School Ijebu-Itele in Ogun State.
She wants to study Engineering, where she can apply mathematical concepts in solving societal challenges.
Maduafokwa applied to study Industrial Production Engineering at the prestigious University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Agnes hails from Ihiala in Anambra State and she wrote her UTME on March 14th 2020 in St Michael Otedola Education Centre in Epe, Lagos State.
She scored 72 in Use of English, 99 in Mathematics, 99 in Physics and 95 in Chemistry 95.