- Despite the agitations for reopening of learning institutions, it would not be happening yet
- Nigeria's health minister, Osagie Ehanire, said schools will reopen when they are done measuring and establishing the risk of transmission
- While some parents are tired of keeping their kids at home, others are opposed to the idea of sending their children back to school as there is no cure yet for the coronavirus
No date has been fixed yet for reopening of schools, the federal government has said.
The federal government is taking the prevention of a spike in the rate of infection very seriously and is therefore still monitoring situations, The Nation reports.
This was disclosed by the health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 100th day briefing in Abuja.
Recall that after Nigeria recorded its index coronavirus case and more, schools across the country were shut by the federal government. Students have been at home since then. While some parents are agitating for schools to resume, many others are opposed to this idea.
Ehanire said: “There is no fixed date on schools’ resumption. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is studying the situation, carrying out reviews every two and four weeks to access the situation and judge when it is safe."
According to him, the federal government is taking into consideration the balance between safety and preventing disease explosion, and the opening of schools. He called on learning institutions to embrace the option of online training.
Ehanire said as soon as they are done measuring and establishing the risk of transmission, schools will be allowed to resume.
The minister said an inter-ministerial meeting of the ministers of health of the West African region was held some days ago to compare notes, review strategies and also find a common ground on saving the region from the pandemic.
He said borders have not been opened yet but they are working out the protocols and measures that need to be taken to protect countries.
All over the world, students have been at home for not less than two months following the outbreak of the coronavirus which has disrupted the economy and overwhelmed the health sector.
While some nations are beginning to ease the lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the virus, schools are yet to reopen.
Recall that Boss Mustapha, chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, had during a briefing on Wednesday, May 28, disclosed that it would soon roll out the course of action for the reopening of learning institutions.
Meanwhile, a 10-year-old girl has vowed to make kids happy during this pandemic period as they stay indoors. Chelsea Phaire from Danbury has sent out 1,500 art kits as a way to positively affect kids' spirits.
The kits contain things like markers, crayons, papers, colouring books, coloured pencils among others, and they are distributed to kids through shelter homes and schools.
Candance Phaire, her mom, said that her daughter has always begged them at home to start a charity since she was seven years old.
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