EDUCATIONCOVID-19:FG Gives Updates On Reopening Of Tertiary Institutions,Speaks On DatePublished 35 mins ago on August 24, 2020 By Ademola Adam
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The Minister of Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, on Monday, gave updates on reopening of tertiary institutions in the country.
Nwajiuba, speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID today, said they have had discussions with groups pressurizing the government to reopen universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption even though the Federal Government had continued to engage stakeholders.
The minister, however, expressed optimism that the date for resumption was around the corner, adding, that ” we are not going to be brandishing dates around.”
He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education earlier in the day on the issue.
Nwajiuba said about 78 privately-owned universities were insisting that they were ready for resumption while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50.”
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He said that after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.
” We have viewed responses from about 78 universities already, most of which are private universities who are insistent that they are ready to go.
“From the state-owned universities, we have a 50-50 response and we are working to upscale that and make sure that everybody is actually ready to go,” the Minister said.
The minister urged students of tertiary institutions protesting the continued closure of their schools to be a little more patient with the government.