The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has dispelled rumours that government has fixed September as the resumption date for academic activities in schools across the country.
According to him, no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption even though the Federal Government had continued to engage stakeholders.
Nwajiuba said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
He said government is not going to be “brandishing dates”, but instead, continuing with the ongoing consultations with critical stakeholders in the education sector.
He disclosed that about 78 privately-owned universities have indicated their readiness for resumption while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50.”
He said that after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.
The minister urged students of tertiary institutions protesting the continued closure of their schools to calm down and exercise a little patient.