In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 31st, August, 2020

Unhealthy Information As Universities, Governors In These States Open Up On Plan To Reopen Tertiary And Secondary Faculties

Bad News As Universities, Governors In These States Open Up On Plan To Reopen Tertiary And Secondary Schools


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Some states in Nigeria have revealed that tertiary, secondary and first faculties can’t be allowed to reopen.


States like Ogun, Katsina, Bauchi, Enugu, Sokoto, Gombe and Ekiti on Sunday dominated out full reopening of colleges, together with tertiary establishments, a report by Punch has revealed.


Officers of the state governments, in separate interviews with Punch mentioned they’d not comply with the Lagos State instance.


Recall that faculties within the nation had been closed in March as a part of measures to forestall the unfold of COVID-19.


However Senior Secondary Faculty three college students had been known as again on August four to put in writing the West African Senior Faculty Certificates Examination, which began on August 17.


No fewer than 53,727 instances had  been confirmed within the nation as of August 29.


Lagos had recorded 18, 104 instances; the Federal Capital Territory, 5,149 instances and Oyo State, three,107 instances. Additionally, Kano State had additionally document 1,725 instances as of August 29.


On Saturday, Lagos State, which was the epicentre of the virus till just a few weeks in the past, mentioned its faculties would resume in September.


The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this, mentioned greater establishments would resume on September  14, whereas the resumption date for main and secondary faculties was tentatively fastened for September 21.


He mentioned the choice was knowledgeable by the decline within the variety of COVID-19 instances within the  state.


The Presidential Process Power on COVID-19 had on Thursday mentioned coronavirus epicentre had shifted from Lagos State to Plateau State.

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On Sunday, the Ogun State Authorities mentioned it was not in a rush to reopen tertiary establishments, secondary and first faculties.


The federal government mentioned it will keep away from taking an uninformed choice to reopen faculties as a result of Lagos State had made the announcement to reopen faculties.


The Particular Adviser to the governor on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan, in an interview with The  PUNCH, mentioned the state authorities shut the colleges primarily based on the Federal Authorities’s order and would reverse the order primarily based on the identical technique.


He mentioned “We are going to have a look at the assorted database and use empirical information obtainable.

“The indicator that may decide when we’re going to open relies upon majorly on the Federal Authorities`s readiness to reverse the order so that we’ll not be seen as a state that’s anti-Federal Authorities.

“That’s on one aspect. The second is that even at that we’ll nonetheless depend on empirical information that science gives to ensure the protection of our youngsters once they return to highschool. So the truth that Lagos has executed it  isn’t  an indicator that now we have to be in a rush to do it.”


On his half, the Coordinator of the Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Process Power, Prof Bolaji Aluko, mentioned the state authorities would observe happenings within the secondary faculties.


Aluko mentioned, “We gained’t comply with any individual’s timetable. We wish to see  occasions after the WASSCE and the JSSCE, whether or not college students obtained sick, whether or not academics obtained sick. To date, now we have not seen any breakdown of scholars or academics falling ailing. We’re nonetheless learning them. If there isn’t any outbreak of sickness, then we might begin the colleges.

“However for now, now we have not determined. We’ve got not recognized the idea for the directive in Lagos State. However there may be the chance that our tertiary establishments resume this 12 months. I feel secondary faculties additionally, earlier than the top of the 12 months. I’ve requested round, now we have not seen any sizzling spot of COVID-19 so far as the continuing examinations are involved.”


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The Enugu State Authorities additionally mentioned it was in touch with the Federal Ministry of Schooling, saying there have been no plans to reopen faculties but.


The state Commissioner of Schooling, Prof. Uche Eze, acknowledged this in a reply to The PUNCH’s inquiries concerning the state’s plans for college resumption.


He acknowledged, “No choice to that impact but. We’re in shut contact with the Federal Ministry of Schooling.”


In his  response to an SMS despatched to him,  the Bauchi State Commissioner of Schooling, Dr Aliyu Tilde,  mentioned, “Bauchi doesn’t comply with Lagos. We are going to open once we are prepared.”


In Katsina State, the Public Relations Officer within the state Ministry of Schooling, Mallam Salisu Kerau,  mentioned there was no discover but on resumption of colleges within the state.

“No discover but on resumption of colleges and better establishments within the state. The general public will probably be duly knowledgeable when they’re to be reopened,” he mentioned.


Additionally, the Gombe sSate Commissioner for Greater Schooling Dr. Meshack Audu, in an interview with  one among our correspondents, mentioned, “No particular date in the meanwhile, however we’re monitoring the scenario. Authorities isn’t completely satisfied that college students have stayed at house this lengthy. Authorities is doing all the things doable to make sure their protected return.

“The protection of those college students issues most as a result of solely the dwelling reads; solely the dwelling goes to highschool. If there isn’t any security within the faculties,  we will’t reopen.”


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The Everlasting Secretary within the Sokoto state Ministry for Greater Schooling, Othman Ali, instructed one among  our correspondents that, “the choice on the possible date for the resumption of our tertiary faculties will probably be determined by the duty pressure  on COVID-19, constituted by the state authorities.”


On his half, the state Commissioner for Well being, Dr Mohammed Inname,  revealed that the state process pressure on COVID-19 would provide you with a place on tertiary faculties` resumption within the state this week.


However the Minister of State for Schooling,  Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had in an interview with The PUNCH final week, mentioned there was no new growth on the reopening of colleges, including that the established order remained.


He mentioned, “If now we have a brand new place on that, we are going to concern it.”


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