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House Of Reps Faulted FG’s Decision To Reopen Schools

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The house of representatives has faulted the federal government decision to reopen all schools on January 18th.

The reps proposed that owing to current increase in the COVID-19 cases, schools in the country should be postponed further for three months so that safety measures and protocols will be properly put in place against COVID-19 in schools

The House Committee chairman on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere in a statement made available to Newsmen in Abuja also disclaimed the federal government statement that it consulted and agreed with all stakeholders to fix January 18th as resumption date.

The statement which was titled “School resumption: Are we truly prepared?” reads;

“The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, has received with concern the decision of the Federal Government to reopen schools on January 18, 2021.

“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?”

The federal government had earlier directed schools in the country including federal institutions to resume on Monday(Tomorrow), January 18th 2021.

While some federal varsities resume academic activities online, some announced phased resumption of student for physical classes and some reportedly resume fully for academic activities in their various campuses.