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Controversy Over Reopening Of Schools: To Reopen or Not To Reopen?

The Oyo state governor declared that schools in Oyo state will reopen on the 29th of June for teachers and the 6th of July for students. The news has however been debunked by the minister of state for education, Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, who on the 23rd of June, 2020 declared that no state has been given any permission to reopen schools.

However, he announced that the final year students preparing for the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Senior Secondary School Examination (SSCE), National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) examinations would soon be allowed to resume for revisions.

So:

  1. Is it safe for schools to resume at this time when we are recording increasing number of COVID-19 cases?

  2. If it is safe to reopen, shouldn’t there be a set date for resumption to which the government and schools can work with to meet up with the requirements for resumption as well as to curb the spread of rumors on false resumption dates?

  3. Who has the right to determine when schools should re-open, the Federal Government or individual states? I know that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) recommended to the President that he should allow each state determine their school resumption dates. The president hasn’t said anything yet. https://allafrica.com/stories/202006010217.html