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The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said that as opposed to reports that the Federal Government is making arrangements to reopen schools, it is just making arrangements for students in exit classes to write exams.

Nwajiuba said this on Wednesday, during a meeting on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

As indicated by him, regardless of the closing of schools because of the COVID-19, tests are basic for the scholastic advancement of students

He, consequently, expressed that the service introduced its interests to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and plans are just being made for the individuals who decide to write these exams.

“We introduced to the PTF and by augmentation, the Federal Government, the plans by assessment bodies to hold their exams. The exams are basic for how students progress.

“We analyzed it and we felt that it is essential to permit those examinations to take place but ahead of them taking place, it is important that those children who have not had the opportunity to revise their syllabus, should have an opportunity to go through that and have a revision class before the exams.

“The vast majority who can manage the cost of it are as of now saying they need to be at home and go to the exams from home, that is terrific.

“In any case, we comprehend the confinements of the normal Nigerian in light of the fact that not every person can manage the cost of workstations and gadgets thus if there are individuals who do have this entrance and feel sure that their children are prepared for the exams, well, we are not convincing anyone to go to any school.

“What we have done is make the facilities in our schools accessible,” he said.

All of you realize that training is on the simultaneous authoritative rundown and we’ve asked that express government’s that own these schools, to give spots to wash hands, check the temperature of the kids continually, have sanitisers set up. Non-public schools ought to have the option to give that.

“It’s truly not an impulse, we are simply making facilities accessible for the students who need to take the exams”.

In May, the minister had said that the Federal Government was not prepared to face the challenge of reopening schools.

“Until we are certain that these children can go to class, return securely and not carry home with them, this COVID material, and infect people who are more defenseless to the sickness than they are, at that point we are running an enormous hazard and God forbid that in our rush, something happens to our children, I don’t know how anyone will have the option to recover what might have been lost.

“So we are not facing that challenge yet. We will plan however much as could be expected, inside the direction that they (Health specialists) offer us, working related to the World Health Organization before we reopen schools”.

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