As the number of covid-19 cases continues to decline day by day, some States like Lagos have started making preparations to fully reopen the schools.
On August 29, the executive governor of Lagos State announced that all schools in the state will fully resume on September 21, 2020.
However, the Presidential Task Force has issued a warning to states planning to reopen soon to be careful not to make the same mistake made by the United States, where the reopening of schools escalated the number of covid-19 cases.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Boss Mustapha said the body appreciates the initiative and preparations made by States to reopen their schools. Although the body does not discourage the act, he said there is a need for states to be guided by the experiences from countries like France, Germany, etc.
He said, “It is in the above context that the PTF appreciates the on-going calls for re-opening of the education sector and indeed some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such.”
“Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States and the UK where opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities.”
Mustapha added that other sectors of the economy would soon be reopened as the country would be surging into a new phase of the lockdown.
Boss Mustapha said that the PTF will present its recommendations to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari this week to determine the next phase in the national response.
It should also be noted that some states government officials have revealed that their states are not ready to reopen schools anytime soon and would not be following the example laid down by the Lagos State government.
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