Coronavirus: “No Reopening Of Schools Yet” – FG Tells Nigerians

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

Federal Ministry of Education has urged Nigerians to disregard news circulating that the Federal Government had directed the reopening of schools.

The ministry’s Director of Press, Ben Goong, on Sunday said that no such directive have been given by the minister of educationAdamu Adamu.

He added that everyone has been instructed to work from home and not resume to work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Goong noted that parents, guardians and stakeholders must not be misled by fake news but should continue to abide by the Federal Government’s regulations to tackle the ravaging pandemic.

He expressed that;

On the issue of reopening of schools, the ministry has not directed the reopening of any school at any level. The purported press release by the minister to that effect is a clear forgery as it did not emanate from the minister.

Goong also debunked rumours that the Federal Government blamed the ongoing ASUU strike on vice-chancellors, adding that;

At no time did any Federal Government official make that kind of statement. Any insinuation in that direction is simply emanating from the fertile imagination of the author and that the ministry has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Stakeholders and indeed the general public should disregard such statements.

He also encouraged Nigerians to continue to stay and work from home in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus

Amid the growing numbers of Coronavirus infected persons globally, some nations are considering reopening schools. 

Denmark has said it plans to send children back to school from April 15 if coronavirus cases remain stable.

Norway is set to scale back its lockdown measures from April 20 and allow pupils in grades one to four to resume schools as well as kindergartens. 

Switzerland is also considering a way out of confinement. Despite the extension of social distancing restrictions to April 26, its government has indicated that other measures could be relaxed later this month — including border controls, school closures and bans on gatherings — if the virus’ spread is kept in check.

However, New York, the epicentre of Coronavirus in America, is considering shutting schools till the end of 2020, as its infection and death toll continues to skyrocket. 

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