Coronavirus did not spread to Nigeria until February this year and, when the rate of infection started mounting on a daily basis, the Federal Government, on March 19, 2020, in a circular from the Federal Ministry of Education, granted approval for the closure of all schools for a period of one month commencing from Monday, March 23, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Each state in Nigeria has, however, contextualised this circular.
The closure, that was thought would last for a month, is now in its fourth month. Stakeholders in the sector have varied opinions on whether schools should reopen now or not, as the number of COVID-19 cases has not gone down. Recently, in his address during the policy meeting of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, listed some of the conditions that must be met before schools are reopened.
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