COVID-19: Health group tells FG not to reopen schools

COVID-19: Health group tells FG not to reopen schools

- A group established to respond to the coronavirus in Nigeria has urged the federal government not to reopen schools

- The group, Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, said reopening schools at this time is unsafe

- The foundation said COVID-19 cases may further spread if schools are allowed to re-open

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A group established to respond to the coronavirus in Nigeria has urged the federal government not to reopen schools.

The group, Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank, said reopening schools at this time could expose pupils, students, teachers and their families to risks of COVID-19 infection, Daily Trust reported.

COVID-19: Health group tells FG not to reopen schools

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Representatives of the foundation, Atedo Peterside and Abubakar Mohammed, the chairman, and the vice-chairman, in a statement on Sunday, July 5, said schools should not be reopened because of recent data showing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

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Anap Foundation said COVID-19 cases may further spread in schools because most schools, especially the public ones lack the resources to adhere to safety measures.

Meanwhile, the coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has given more update on the federal government's decision on the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

Aliyu noted that the WAEC timetable is not determined by Nigeria and the government does not want a spill-over in the country's academic calendar.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, July 1, he noted that any serious spill-over in the nation’s academic calendar will affect graduating students.

“We have a large number of students that are in their exit year.

They need to move on. We have exams that are not specific only to Nigeria but in West Africa, WAEC for instance. “We need to find a way to safely get these students to do their exams and exit, otherwise we will have a serious spill-over when it comes to education. “COVID will go away eventually.

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It may take a year or longer, but what we don’t want is to have such a significant impact on our educational programme where children are unable to move at home where there is no mobility,” he said.

The PTF had announced that schools will be reopened nationwide for graduating students with immediate effect. Some Nigerians on social media have been giving their thoughts on the government's decision.

Still on education news, the hope of lifting the ban on the higher institutions in Nigeria has been dampened as the federal government insisted that there is no arrangement for such development.

Briefing pressmen on Tuesday, June 30, Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid-19, made this known as Nigeria begins another phase in relaxation of lockdown.

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