The Nigerian government has announced plans to reopen schools for the first time since March, when schools across the country were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move comes after the government partially reopened secondary schools in August to allow students take their exit examinations.
Before the pandemic, Nigeria’s education sector was already beset with many problems, with 10.5 million children not going to school, mostly in the North.
Issues like gender discrimination, disasters and armed conflict, language challenges, household poverty, child labour, and child marriage have contributed to depriving many Nigerian children of their right to access quality education.
Since the onset of COVID-19, millions of children in Nigeria have been stuck at home not learning. For vulnerable and disadvantaged children, the impact has been worse.
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