In March 19, the Federal Ministry of Education enjoined the instantaneous closure of various institutions of learning, which included tertiary, secondary and primary schools. This was an expected and thorough move at curbing and controlling the covid-1...
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In March 19, the Federal Ministry of Education enjoined the instantaneous closure of various institutions of learning, which included tertiary, secondary and primary schools. This was an expected and thorough move at curbing and controlling the covid-19 pandemic in the country. The above measure was implemented nationwide so as to contain the spread to the barest minimum while the cases were being treated.
However, there has been a recent riot which was engineered by the Nigerian Association of University Students to call attention to the plight of students in the country as well quicken the decision making process so students can go back to school. Emeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, wants students to exercise more patience as Nigeria deliberates the reopening of schools after several months of forced closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken toll.
The Minister has recently commended the students for having been patient since schools were shut down in the country. He guaranteed the students that the Federal Ministry of Education is working with stakeholders for the safe reopening of the education centres. Therefore an exercise of little patience is required on the part of students to ensure a smooth decision making on the part of stakeholders.
“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,” Emeka Nwajiuba said during a briefing on Monday of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He also asserted that the Federal Government is also in negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), recapitulate that every player in the education sector is bent on the reopening of schools in the earliest time possible so that educational activities commences in the country proper.
The Minister of State for Education also made it known that there have been deliberations to safely ensure that schools resume in earnest, affirming that the tactics and guidelines for such have been given to higher institutions, with a number of them already showing their dedication and responsibility to adhere to the agreement that has been stipulated.
Finally, Emeka Nwajiuba expressed belief that relevant authorities would soon give a go to the resumption of schools all across the nation. “We don’t want to bandy around dates,” he said,
“We remain positive. The PTF profiles for us a national response and everyone can tee off from there,” he concluded.