Schools Reopen Jan 18 Until New Directives – PTF
On Tuesday, the presidential task force on COVID-19 said schools in the country will reopen on 18 January until the Ministry of Education announces further directives.
This was stated by the national coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliya, in a TV program controlled by The PUNCH.
Education Minister Adamu Adamu said Monday that the federal government will revise the January 18 date to reopen schools throughout Nigeria.
The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19, which is currently ravaging the country.
Speaking further on the matter on Tuesday, the PTF coordinator said the minister did not say the date had been changed.
Aliya said: “As for the schools, I just want to clarify that the minister said yesterday that they would reconsider, he did not say that they would change the date. He said they would review the situation and inform the people.
“So it’s still Jan 18 at the moment, until the Education Ministry returns with an alternate date or re-confirmation.”
PUNCH previously reported that PTF chairman and Federation government secretary Boss Mustafa said on Monday that travel, the opening of schools, businesses and religious centers have contributed to the rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria.
“However, it is very instructive to note that factors that have contributed to the increase since the end of November 2020 included an increase in local and international travel, work and religious activities, as well as opening schools without strict adherence to COVID security measures. -19.
“The true meaning of foresight is to continue to insist on the need for all of us to increase our level of vigilance and adherence to recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions,” he said.
Source: – Punch ng