Why FG approved resumption of schools in Nigeria despite covid19
FG approved resumption of schools in Nigeria despite rise in Covid-19 not because it was totally safe to do so yet, but because it has become a necessity if we are to save the citizens and the country as a whole.
Few weeks ago, the FG had made a U-turn on what they termed “safe reopening of schools” after announcing its decision to begin WAEC examinations on the 4th of August. This decision was met with protest and disapproval not just by owners of private school but by students as well.
Continuous closure of schools would prove fatal in the long run because then a whole academic year would be lost creating distortion in the academic calendar and unbalance in the educational sector.
This will be a drawback for the students affected as they may have to wait much longer to transit to the next class. Nigerian students will then fall backwards in their academic pursuit in comparison to other countries who have since put in place strong policies to ensure safe resumption of schools.
The fact that children and younger adults are at a lower risk of having severe symptoms on contracting the virus could also be a possible reason for this decision.
Studies have shown that age may be an important factor for a person’s likelihood of dying from the virus and this may be why FG approved resumption of schools
All these must have been considered before releasing the guidelines for reopening of schools and eventually announcing the new date ofresumption for exit classes.
If things turn out fine, other levels might as well return to complete the academic year.
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