The Federal Government has said that its considering the idea of sectionalising classes for primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, gave the indication while speaking during a briefing. While faulting the reports that schools would reopen in the country on June 8, he said the government could not afford to take any costly risk regarding the safety of pupils and students in the country.
“Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people who are more susceptible than they are, then we are running a huge risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, I am not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost,” he said. The minister, who noted that the decision to reopen schools would be carefully arrived at, appealed to private owners of schools to co-operate with the government in ensuring a safe reopening.
“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided, provided they can serve us. “I am not sure we will have classes at night but we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he explained.