COVID-19: States Insisted On Reopening Schools Despite FG’s Opposition – Education Minister

Nigerian Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has lamented that states and school proprietors insisted on the reopening of schools despite opposition from him and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

He made the disclosure during the PTF’s national briefing on Monday.

The minister said the Federal Government had to reach a compromise since it does not control all the schools in the country.

Adamu noted that while the PTF was unanimous in kicking against reopening, states were unanimous in pushing for reopening.

He, however, hinted that there could be some review of the decision again.

“We sat down, looked at the figures and we took the decision that schools should not open. Unfortunately, we have to state this because it is supposed to be a collective decision, but you must understand that the schools we are talking about, the Federal Government has only about 100 out of thousands of schools,” Adamu said.

“The schools are under the jurisdiction of states and just as the PTF was unanimous in saying that schools should not open, states were unanimous that schools should open.

“So, we have to compromise and as PTF we shall monitor what is happening on a daily basis. There could be some review again.”

Schools in majority of states across the country resumed physical classes on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Last Saturday, the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education kicked against the reopening of schools, wondering why the decision was taken at a time the nation is grappling with a surge in COVID-19 infections.


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