Reopening Of schools In Nigeria.
After five months of lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the gates of serval schools were open last week to students in final year to write their West African School Certificate examination (WASCE). Following a virtual Federal Executive Council session, the federal government made it know that on August 4 as resumption date for schools while the West African Examination Council announced August 17 through September 5, for the examinations. The exams, earlier scheduled for April, were postponed in order to limit the spread of Covid 19 pandemic.
However, while many are disturbed about the “hasty” reopening, considering the number of infections recorded daily, some are excited about the development. Prof. Oyesoji Aremu of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, University of Ibadan, said the move was relieving to many parents, students and other stakeholders. “The decision would also allow the exit classes, especially for students in Senior Secondary III to take and conclude their secondary education with the plan of entering higher institutions of learning. He said, Similarly, an educationist, Prof. Clement Kolawole said the development showed that the government was aware that it could manage the process in a way “that COVID-19 will not ground the education system completely.
Extended school closure is reportedly harmful to the child as it can lead to learning loss. Reopening the schools will create room to invest in the education of the child and by extension, the future of the country.
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