The Federal Government has reacted to the rumours making rounds that schools will reopen next month.
Speaking on the issue, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated that no date has been fixed yet for schools to resume.
The minister, however, expressed optimism that the date for resumption was around the corner, adding, that ”we are not going to be brandishing dates.”
Nigerian schools have been shut for over three months to prevent further spread of COVID-19 which has caused the death of over 1,000 people in the West African country.
However, students in exit classes, mainly JSS3 and SSS3 students, resumed earlier this month to commence their final examinations.
On Monday, the minister also spoke on the situation of tertiary institutions.
He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education earlier in the day on the issue of resumption.
Nwajiuba said about 78 privately-owned universities were insisting that they were ready for resumption while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50.”
He said that after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.
The minister urged students of tertiary institutions protesting the continued closure of their schools to be a little more patient with the government.
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