Covid-19: Corona Virus Threatens Re-Opening of Schools in Nigeria

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As the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has given the directive for reopening of public schools in Nigeria; all public schools are expected to resume on 19 March, 2020. Not fewer than 180 students and staff of a private school is said to have contracted Covid-19.

This was announced by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi who affirmed it and said, “the students and Staff of a Private Boarding School in Lekki area of the state.

Furthermore, he said, contacts were made with the parents of the students assuring them that the students are in safe hands and will be taken care of. Also, there is a total lockdown of the school with the Epidemiology and surveillance, which they receive a daily report of the situation.

Nevertheless, schools are still going to resume and students are anxious to go back to their classrooms, but parents, on the other hand, are scared especially with the growing number of Covid-19 spread. What will happen if this persists? Could it mean that there is going to be a total lockdown or will the government provide an alternative for students to continue with their studies?

According to a student at Kaduna State University, “wouldn’t mind if the school resumes despite the spread of Corona Virus, because I believe the virus will not go away no matter how much time it’s being given”.

Another students Linda Sunday said, “We have stayed for long doing nothing as a result of the pandemic, this has caused most of the graduating students including me and we still have to pay another fee for a new section we never planned for this”. As far as she is concerned, it is better to reopen schools no matter the price.



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