University Resumption: Minister Of State For Education Speaks Again On Reopening Of Universities

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, On Saturday 22nd of August 2020, during an NTA programme on Nigeria Policy Brief on Education and Covid-19, assured Nigerian students that tertiary institutions nationwide will reopen very soon.

Although the Minister did not not give a specific date for the reopening of schools across the country, He said he will accumulate the situation report from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other regulatory bodies of various tertiary institutions and present to the presidential task force (PTF) for evaluation.

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba added that he has received calls from private universities and public universities for reopening of tertiary institutions across the country.

“Tertiary institutions across the country will reopen soon. private universities have written us requesting that they are allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. Vice chancellors have also requested that we allow them to reopen for their students in exit classes.

“We have also a lot of calls from the bodies who want us to resolve the industrial actions embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) before reopening because some public schools which are not ASUU-prone wants to take the advantage of the strike to move ahead, but that would destroy our public schools. So we are working on all these calls, ” He said.

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