The federal government on Monday announced it has lifted restrictions on religious gatherings in Nigeria, with states to take decisions based on what is most appropriate for them.
The FG also announced that it is open to resuming aviation operations from the 21st of June if stakeholders in the sector follow laid down protocols and guidelines.
A section of Nigerians have however expressed their dissatisfaction with the FG for not reopening schools yet.
Reacting to the issue on Monday, Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education explained why the FG has chosen to keep the schools closed.
“In relation with the Navy School and others who run different programmes, the programmes whether they are French curriculum or an international curriculum are not necessarily ours at the moment. We can’t move everybody back to school because the French people did that.
“If you listened to the words of the Chairman of the PTF, we have taken these decisions to protect lives. We understand how parents, proprietors and other stakeholders in the sector do feel. We are pleased to know that you understand what we are doing. We want to have as much inputs from stakeholders and parents in the running of our ministry. There’s nothing we do at this point that is punitive in any way. We’ve only made recommendations and aligned them with workings of experts of the WHO and NCDC. As far as our systems are safe, I’ll be more than happy to get the ecosystem working again but that doesn’t limit people from learning.
“I’ve encouraged people to engage in online courses. I’m aligning myself with what the Executive Secretary of the NUC is doing, as he encouraged teachers and lecturers to improve themselves in their subject areas during this period. It will aid physical studies too as delivering online may be better.
“The disparities we have in different education systems won’t stampede us into taking decisions that are bad for our people.
“If indeed the Navy is running a different system, we need to encourage them and we have to factor in many considerations. We have to be sure teachers are not taking COVID-19 home when they are marking scripts. We have to be sure the transportation system is fully operational because teachers also have to be available.
“I am apologizing to my Nigerians brothers and sisters that schools are not open yet but this is the first of June and the numbers are not asking us to do so. As soon as we are asked, we will gladly do so,” he said.