The Nigerian Minister of Education,
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has said that the date for resumption of schools is yet to
be fixed, even as the Federal Government continue to dialogue with stakeholders
in the education sector.
The minister expressed optimism that the
resumption date was around the corner, but said, “we are not going to be
Nigerian schools have been shut for
about five months now to combat the spread of COVID-19 which has allegedly
caused the death of a thousand people in the country.
Students in JSS3 and SSS3 have, however, resumed earlier this month to write their certificate examinations.
It was speculated in many corners by
Nigerians that the resumption by exit classes meant that the resumption dates
for others was close at hand. But Mr. Nwajiuba’s comment has clearly shown that
while the government is in a dialogue with stakeholders, a date is yet to be
Speaking on the situation of tertiary
institutions, he said he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu met with
some stakeholders of tertiary education on the issue of a date of resumption
and after reviewing all the opposing opinions, he would get back to the PTF and
review the situation before making a pronouncement.
The minister asked protesting students
of tertiary institutions to exercise more patience with the government.
However, on ground, beneath the issue of
resumption date is the fact that most public universities will no be resuming
immediately in the event of a resumption date as a result of an ongoing
nationwide strike by University lecturers and ASUU.