The Federal Ministry of Education had in March ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide following the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, who gave the order on behalf of the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, also noted that all 104 unity schools in the country should close on or before the March 26, 2020, as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.
The closure was initially intended to last for just a month but the increasing number of coronavirus cases had forced the federal government to declare it indefinitely.
Three months down the line, the federal government, in June, submitted proposed guidelines for the reopening of schools in the country to the National Assembly. It had later announced the reopening of schools for only students in Primary 6, JSS3, and SS3 to enable them to prepare for their national examinations. It added that the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations would take place between August and September.
However, days after, the federal government has reversed its earlier announcement on the resumption of schools. The education minister said Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon “until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic”. He said final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school, contrary to the earlier announcement. He said he would rather that “Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.”
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