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The Anambra State government has said that it won’t risk the lives of children and students by reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 10,000 people in Nigeria. The State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, made this known while speaking with journalists on Wednesday in Awka, adding that the decision not to open schools came from the Federal Government.

Omenugha also urged teachers to focus on online education and stop pressuring the state government about reopening schools as that won’t happen until the Federal Government gives such directives.

She said, “Government knows what it is doing. So, we are not going to reopen the schools and risk the lives of our children to the COVID-19 pandemic because some teachers are calling on us to resume.

“When schools were shut down on March 24 because of coronavirus pandemic, we decided to engage school children in something meaningful instead of leaving them to idle away.

Recall that the Federal Government had on Monday said that schools in Nigeria will remain shut, stating that as a far as schools are concerned, it is better to remain cautious to avoid the continuous spread of the viral infection.


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