- The federal government says it cannot allow schools to reopen now because the country is currently in the critical phase of communal transmission of the coronavirus
- The presidential task force says it is, however, working on how to ensure that academic sessions are not affected
- Schools were shut down in March and private school teachers are already demanding palliative to survive
Hopes of students returning to school anytime soon amid the outbreak of the deadly pandemic disease coronavirus have been .
The Nation reports that the Nigerian government, through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, said schools could not reopen for now.
The PTF, which expressed worry at the rising number of confirmed cases, explained that this declaration was based on the need to protect the vulnerable in society and stop the spread of the virus in communities.
The task force, in its daily press briefing on Thursday, June 11, described the issue of school resumption as delicate because of the communal spread of the virus.
The PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha, explained that the task force was working closely with the education ministry to fashion out a resumption plan for schools.
The reason for careful planning, he said, is because the majority of students could be living with the group of Nigerians that are vulnerable to the pandemic disease.
Mustapha, who also doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, hinted students expecting to write examinations would be allowed to do so.
He noted that “we don’t want what has happened to affect the next academic session”.
“Nigeria witnessed a spike in the number of confirmed cases when the number of recorded cases jumped to 663 on June 9. This number gives us cause for concern as a Task Force and as a nation," Mustapha, added.
Legit.ng notes that this declaration by the PTF may not go down well with private school teachers, who, following the prolonged closure of schools as part of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19, recently appealed to the government to assist them with palliatives as they are hungry.
In a statement signed by Abdul-Ganiyy Raji, the spokesman for the teachers, the educationists noted that it would be callous of the government to wait for owners and teachers of private schools to start dying of starvation before coming to their aid.
The spokesperson speaking further noted that the welfare of private school teachers cannot be ignored, adding that they majorly survive on earnings from customers and schools have not collected third term fees.
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