According to the recent declaration by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the reopening of Nigerian primary and secondary schools soonest, is no more feasible. The concern of the PTF has been on the increase in the confirmed cases of the COVID-19 infection in the country. What is not farfetched is the fact that, the children are more at risk, at this moment.
Now, some persons are of the opinion that, the schools should resume in June, so that, the remaining weeks between June and July could be used to wrap the third term activities. But the recent announcement by the federal government has put the idea to rest. To further think about resumption, since the third term usually ends in mid-July, it means nothing tangible can be achieved, even if the schools resume in July. More so, the long vacation commences in mid-July till third week of September. That is the normal academic calendar for both the primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
From the way events are unfolding, the Federal Government is not ready to reopen the schools anytime soon, because it is not ready to risk the life of any child.
The appeal to parents is that, they should be patient with the government. They should also ensure they organise private home lessons for their children. Hopefully, before the end of September, 2020, the federal government must have come up with arrangement for primary and secondary schools resumption