School reopening: FG seeks cooperation of private owners

The Federal Government has called for cooperation from owners of private institutions of learning ahead of school reopening.

The Minister of State for Education , Emeka Nwajiuba, on Wednesday , revealed this during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID - 19 in Abuja.

The minister said the government was working on modalities to achieve social distancing and good hygiene practices before schools could be allowed to reopen.

He also described as false , reports that schools would reopen in the country on June 8, saying the government could not afford to take any expensive risk.

Nwajiuba said , “We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID -19 or post- COVID - 19 reopening to look like . We are not talking about coping with COVID - 19 but in spite of COVID - 19 , we expect that we will adapt.

“For a country that has over 115 ,000 primary schools , you will understand that 35 ,000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in .”

Also , the PTF Chairman , Boss Mustapha , urged all school administrators to start taking steps that would aid school reopening.

“We urge states , local governments , proprietors and all other stakeholders to begin to take steps that will facilitate an early and safe reopening ,” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said.(PUNCH)

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