COVID-19: FG Give Latest Update On Reaopening Of Schools, WASSCE

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The Federal Government of Nigeria(FG) has said that it was not yet safe for academic activities to resume in schools across the country.

Chukwuemeka Nwajiua, the Minister of state for education, said this while addressing journalists at the end of the eighth virtual federal executive council meetings, on Wednesday 15th July 2020.

Nwajiuba also disclosed that WAEC is negotiating with other West African countries to look at possible shifts in date for the 2020 WASSCE.

The Federal Government had ordered the closure of schools since March to curtail the spread of deadly coronavirus.

Despite demand by the House of Representatives for the reopening of schools to allow students to write the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said, academic institutions would remain closed till adequate safety is assured.

He also said after a review, the ministry education discovered that it would be risky for schools to resume amid the rising number of coronavirus cases partially.

“We are still meeting with parents over that, we are not confident, yet that everywhere is safe, the number of COVID-19 infections from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is still very alarming, and we have presented this to parents and all stakeholders in the education ecosystem,” Nwajiuba said.

“We are still meeting with them; in fact, there is a stakeholder meeting slated for Monday next week.

“WAEC on its part is also negotiating with other West African countries to look at possible shifts in date, and once they are through with that meeting and hopefully when we are also through with the consultations if there is any change in the ministry’s position, we will communicate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 33,616 cases of COVID-19, with 13,792 recoveries and 754 deaths as of Tuesday night, according to the NCDC.

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