The Federal Education Ministry has submitted a comprehensive proposal to the National Assembly on its intention to reopen schools across the country.
Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, stated this on Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
He was in the upper chamber to brief the federal lawmakers on preparations for his ministry for pupils who had been forced to stay home since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
Nwajiuba refused to provide specifics of the proposal, saying it would be mistaken by others as the ministry ‘s guidelines for reopening schools.
He said, “Children are asymptomatic carriers. Nobody can prove whether they can infect each others. Not even the health experts. Everything we know about it is what we read. There is nothing we discovered on our own.
“In the document we have provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.
“We don’t want to make it (proposal) known at this period so that some people will not take our proposal for the guidelines for schools reopening.
“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders”
The Minister however expressed concern over the decision of the Oyo State Government to reopen its primary and secondary schools despite the current rising cases of coronavirus infection in the state.
He said, “Why is Oyo State talking of reopening schools when it has just started recording an increase in cases of coronavirus infection?