COVID-19: Reps fault FG’s decision on school reopening – The Punch

COVID-19: Reps fault FG’s decision on school reopening – The Punch


File: Home of Reps’ legislative sitting …. Photo: Twitter

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The Home of Representatives has faulted the resolution by the Federal Authorities to hunch the thought to partially reopen schools for pupils in closing courses to to find exterior examinations.
The Committee on Fundamental Education and Companies and products seriously criticised the resolution to disallow Nigerian pupils from sitting for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination to be conducted by the West African Examination Council for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Faculties the least bit ranges were shut attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Presidential Job Force on COVID-19 had earlier in June acknowledged the Federal Authorities, in what it known as “safe reopening of schools,” had current the resumption of pupils in graduating courses, including Valuable 6, Junior Secondary College 3 and the Senior Secondary College 3.
In approving the resumption of graduating courses, the federal government acknowledged water will must mute be supplied in schools for hand-washing and both pupils and lecturers need to effect on face masks while watching social distancing.
Later, the Minister of Pronounce for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, had at some level of the press briefing by the PTF announced that the 2020 WASSCE would support between August 4 and September 5.
Nonetheless the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on the pause of a gathering of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President, Valuable Fundamental Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday acknowledged all federal schools would remain closed till it became safe to reopen them.
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Adamu additionally entreated bellow governments that had announced schools’ resumption plans to rescind such.
The minister said that WAEC might well perhaps additionally no longer resolve the resumption date of schools for Nigeria. He alleged that the council announced the date of examination while the federal government became mute consulting stakeholders on what to achieve.

Reacting to the development, Chairman of the committee, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, alternatively, expressed the displeasure of the lawmakers thru a assertion issued on Friday, titled ‘WASSCE Shouldn’t be Cancelled.’
Ihonvbere acknowledged, “The Home Committee on Fundamental Education and Companies and products purchased with amazement, the announcement by the honourable Minister of Education that Nigerian college students would no longer be participating within the forthcoming WASSCE examinations.
“He did no longer present the country if this became in settlement with assorted West African leaders or in consultation with the examination our bodies, the bellow governments, and diverse stakeholders within the education sector. The minister additionally did no longer additionally present the final public if the resolution became the pause results of a gathering with all bellow governments which might well perhaps be guilty of all but the Unity Secondary Faculties which might well perhaps be owned by the Federal government.
“This sudden coverage reversal is rarely any longer appropriate variety for the country. It is far sure to create further confusion within the education sector,  create disappointment and suspicion amongst folks, frustrate the college students and phrase to our pattern companions and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations within the sphere are very best getting worse.
“The reversal additionally reveals that our policymakers might well perhaps additionally honest glowing be adopting a laid-reduction formula to the need to confront the unconventional coronavirus in wish to taking proactive and inventive steps to adjust and delight in it.”
Ihonvbere said that the committee disagrees with Adamu and “believes that reconsideration is urgently obligatory to effect our educational machine.”


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