Nwajiuba, made the clarification on Thursday during the daily briefing of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, following rumours that schools nationwide are to reopen in June.
The Minister said there is no exact date yet for resumption and that schools will only reopen after the institutions are ‘properly equipped.’
He stressed that;
We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon. But I can’t confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks.
The issue around reopening has nothing to do with the availability of the schools or not. It has to do with national governance. The idea of shutting down the schools has nothing to do with the schools per se.
The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said it is a national response. It is a single national response and everything we do flows from it.
When they determine that there is the measure of safety to which we can expose our children, we will gladly do that. We are watching and we are working with all bodies within and outside the country.
He revealed that five countries of West African Examination Council (WAEC) are to meet, stressing that;
I have had a meeting with African Union (AU) Ministers of Education and everybody is concerned. We hope to reopen very soon.
Discussion is ongoing with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We are looking at putting a system in place that can disinfect every child as they go in and out of schools.
According to him, the ministry intends to ensure the safety of school pupils in order not become a conduit for further infection in society.