On Wednesday, the Federal Government reiterated that its decision not to require school reopening owing to the coronavirus pandemic remained unchanged because it insists that it is not optimistic regarding the health of the students at this period.
Talking to State House correspondents at the end of Wednesday's Federal Executive Council (FEC) virtual meeting in Abuja, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, confirmed that the stance mentioned earlier by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on the matter remains untouched.
Adamu confirmed last week that Nigerian schools will remain locked and that high school students would not partake in the West African Examination Certificate (WAEC) examinations before such a period when the Ministry deems it necessary to do so. When asked about the situation, Nwajiuba said: They are currently speaking with parents regarding the ministry 's announcement. What the Minister said represents the Ministry's true position; we 're not yet sure that everyone is secure, the NCDC figures are still worrying, so we've brought that before parents and all the Education sector stakeholders, we 're always talking with them. Currently, there's a conference of stakeholders scheduled for Monday.
Equally, WAEC is dealing with many West African Countries to visit a change in date.
Once they are done with that meeting and ideally when we are through with stakeholder consultation, if there is any change in the position of the Government, we can clarify the minister's position, but as it is, as conveyed to you last week, remains the Ministry 's position until further evidence of the contrary or further negotiations that occur that may change those.
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