The Federal Government has reacted to the continued closure of educational institutions in the country over the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in Abuja, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said the postponement of examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO) remain indefinite.
The Ministry of Education had in March 2020 shut tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools in the country as precautionary measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
The Minister, while noting that rendering public educational services is in the concurrent list, said the Federal Government will communicate a new resumption date to all stakeholders.
He said: “Now it will be a coordinated effort among all the staytes because the lockdown in various parts will definitely affect how students go to School or not or how Teachers come to School or not. So it goes with that saying that nobody can reopen Schools now except we coordinate all of that effort.”
Speaking further, he solicited the cooperation of parents regarding efforts put in place to render online services to students staying at home during the lockdown period.
According to him, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had directed the Ministry through the Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enable students learn online.
Mr Nwajiuba explained that his Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Information plans to transmit educational content to Nigerians, explaining that currently, about 14 to 15 States in the country, including Lagos and Anambra run some educational content to carry students along.