The presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, said schools could not reopen for now, recall that the Federal Govt had in March 2020 ordered the closure of all schools nationwide to help curb the spread of the corona virus disease which has ravaged the world. Since then, schools both primary, secondary and tertiary have remained closed. Many students have been worried as some fear that an extra year will be added to their current remaining years while other fear that when schools eventually reopens, the rush will be too much for them to handle. This has led to many questions been asked by both students and care givers on when the government plans to reopen the institutions of learning in the country.
The PTF, which expressed worry at the rising number of confirmed cases, explained that this declaration was based on the need to protect the vulnerable in society and stop the spread of the virus in communities.
The task force, in its daily press briefing on Thursday, June 11, described the issue of school resumption as delicate because of the communal spread of the virus. The PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha, explained that the task force was working closely with the education ministry to fashion out a resumption plan for schools.
The reason for careful planning, he said, is because the majority of students could be living with the group of Nigerians that are vulnerable to the pandemic disease. Mustapha, who also doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, hinted students expecting to write examinations would be allowed to do so. He noted that “we don’t want what has happened to affect the next academic session”. “Nigeria witnessed a spike in the number of confirmed cases when the number of recorded cases jumped to 663 on June 9. This number gives us cause for concern as a Task Force and as a nation,” Mustapha, added.