The Ministry of Education proposes reopening of schools

The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, on tuesday, stated that the Federal Ministry of Education has submitted a detailed proposal to the National Assembly, on reopening schools in the country.

Mr. Nwajiuba however refused to disclose the details of the proposal, saying that some people would misinterpret the ministry's guidelines for reopening schools.

According to him, nobody can prove whether children can infect one another or even health workers because they are asymptomatic carriers. Whatever we know about the virus is based on what we've read.

Mr. Nwajiuba also mentioned that the guidelines in the proposal suggest how to move the education sector forward even in the face of the pandemic. He also showed a dislike for the guidelines of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) that will cause some schools to open before others.

The vice chairman of the panel, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, expressed fears that the academic calendar could be distorted in public schools where no arrangements is being made to homeschool, unlike the private schools.

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