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No definite date yet for reopening of schools nationwide – Nwajiuba

The Federal Government on Monday said that it is still engaging stakeholders in the education sector on the full resumption of schools, stating that no date has been fixed yet for reopening.

The government also urged students of tertiary institutions who have been protesting the continued closure of their schools to be a little more patient with the government.

Minister of State, Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said at Monday’s briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that he is optimistic that the date for resumption of schools was around the corner, adding however “but we are not going to be brandishing dates.”

Nwajiuba disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education earlier in the day on the issue.

He said about 78 universities, which are mainly privately-owned are insisting that they are ready for resumption while the response from government-owned universities are still “50-50.”

He said after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.

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