COVID-19: School resumption in the balance

By Faith Igbudu

Hopes of school resumption may be dashed, due to an alarm raised by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of a spike of COVID-19 cases across the country which calls for caution.

The government who had earlier reviewed school resumption across the country due to COVID-19 is set for another review, as the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has said the earlier scheduled January 18 date is not sacrosant.

In a monitored broadcast, Adamu said: “It (January 18 date of school reopening) is not sacrosanct. When we decided on that date, it was just a target towards what we were working on. Of course, we are keeping it in view and looking at what is happening in society and then it is supposed to be subject to constant review.

“Even today (Monday) at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) meeting, we looked at the rising figures and thought about if we should probably take another look at it. On the January 18 resumption, we are reviewing it, we are going to review it. At the PTF meeting today (Monday) we considered it and tomorrow (today), the ministry is going to take it up” he said.

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