The Federal Government may reopen schools in the country after lifting the ban on interstate movement, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said.
The Minister, who stated this during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, said that the government was being careful so as not to lead Nigerians into danger.
He pointed out that some countries that opened schools had to shut them back hurriedly when the number of cases spiked.
He said,“We want to open when it is safe to do so. We have heard about neighbouring countries that opened and shut. We have heard about cases spiking with children getting into school. Of all the things I will like to do, I will not like to experiment with your children.
“We want a situation where once we are sure it is safe, we can then take them into school.
“I have just finished a meeting with the representatives of WAEC and NABTEB and I understand how that worries our parents at the moment and how anxious our children are to know what next.
“As soon as those in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers can’t come.
“So, we are looking at somewhere after the interstate lockdown is lifted. Because we will need that kind of openness for the children to move.”