The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 has ruled out the re-opening of schools amid the ravaging virus anytime soon.
Speaking at Thursday’s press briefing of the apex taskforce, its chairman, Secretary to the Federal Government, Mustapha Boss, said the reopening of schools is not in sight citing difficulties involved in the management of pupils and students.
Boss said: “On the school issue, there is a very good evidence and you can look globally as well; schools usually are the last to be opened when it comes to pandemic situations. Why? One, it is very difficult to control children. Two, they are more likely to be asymptomatic and, therefore, they are more likely to transmit. A lot of them stay with their grandparents; the very group that we are trying to protect.”
In a related development Cross River State Government has announced June 16 for the resumption of public schools in phases.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Godwin Amanke.
“We are starting with public schools and subsequently, private schools will equally be made to resume,” Amanke told The Nation.