The Federal Government has stated that it has not fixed any date for the resumption of school nationwide inspite of the announcement of a gradual ease of the lockdown in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday 27th of April. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Tuesday in Abuja at a recent briefing
It was further stated that the Federal Ministry of Education could not give any date now when schools would be resuming nationwide. Also, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has not cancelled its external examinations as students will still have to go and take them when the government is sure that students are no longer in danger of contracting the virus.
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The Government is not ready to put children at risk by opening schools. “The President actually addressed the issue of the opening of the economy gradually. Until that is done, we cannot foresee or immediately tell you when all the schools will be reopened. “It will not be proper for us to simply give you a date. It has to be in tandem with these opening terms. We don’t want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on their own without the society.
On the question of children promoting to the next class, those exams will happen when we are satisfied that the children have learnt what is enough for them to move to the next class. For those who are in the exit classes of junior basic and senior secondary schools, we are preparing them and will continue to. “This will go on until we are sure that they are equipped for the external examinations. The West African Examinations Council has not cancelled their external exams. It was postponed till further notice.
This indefinite nature is such that a definite date can be obtained. Students will still have to go and take those exams once it is sure that the pupils have been taken care of.
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