The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, expressed this on Tuesday when he showed up before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
He was in the upper chamber to brief the government administrators about his service’s arrangements for students who had been compelled to remain at home after the flare-up of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nwajiuba wouldn’t give subtleties of the proposition, saying a few people would confound it as the service’s rules for schools reviving.
He stated, “Children are asymptomatic carriers. Nobody can prove whether they can infect each other. Not even health experts. Everything we know about it is what we read. There is nothing we discovered on our own.
“In the document, we have provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.
“We don’t want to make it (proposal) known at this period so that some people will not take our proposal for the guidelines for schools reopening.
“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticize and make inputs as major stakeholders”
The Minister, in any case, expressed worry over the choice of the Oyo State Government to revive its primary and secondary schools in spite of the current rising cases of coronavirus disease in the state.
He said, “Why is Oyo State talking of reopening schools when it has just started recording an increase in cases of coronavirus infection?
“Just beside Oyo is Ogun State which was part of the three states under the FG’s lockdown since April and it’s not talking about schools reopening.
“As we speak, Kogi and Cross River states are not on the same page with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on the issue of testing while all their neighboring states are conducting tests.”
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Senator Akon Eyakenyi, who presided the gathering, communicated the feelings of fear that the academic could be affected in state-funded schools where no course of action was being made to teach the kids at home unlike that of private schools.