School Reopening: some students Already Hawking, Says Minister

The Minister of nation for training, Emeka Nwajiuba, says the federal government is aware that now not all parents can find the money for to keep their children at domestic and additionally afford all the vital gadgets for the child to hold updated with training.

In keeping with the minster, a few parents have started out enticing their children in Hawking so as to maintain the circle of relatives for the reason that schools had been under closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister additionally said the deliberate reopening of faculties for graduating pupils in primary 6, JSS three and SSS 3 “is surely no longer a matter of compulsion”.

Talking on Channels television on Wednesday night, he introduced that Federal government has made good enough measures to make sure the secure resumption of faculties for exiting students.

The minister said:

“We understand the constraints of Nigerians. The majority cannot have the funds for laptops and devices and we understand that not all our children have the same get entry to. And if there are folks that do have this get right of entry to and who feel assured that their children are equipped for these tests, no one is compelling each person to go to any school.

“What we’ve got performed is to make the centers of our colleges available. Every school need to have places to clean palms, take a look at the temperature of the kids continuously, have sanitisers. Non-public faculties ought to be able to provide these and state governments too. The Federal authorities owns just about 104 harmony faculties.

“So, it’s clearly not a compulsion; we’re just making the facilities to be had for the purpose of taking the exams for folks who want to take the tests. But it’s going to no longer be a accountable act via the government to then say because there are a few individuals who might not need to take the exams, that we need to no longer make the centers to be had for folks who may additionally need because existence is a non-stop journey of selections and our youngsters have been at home.

“we’ve 1.Five million children registered for WAEC this year and we understand that internet penetration for this organization is less than three hundred,000. So, it will likely be the height of injustice now not to make these centers to be had for others to examine.

“We realize that kids for the time being are at home; they mingle with their dad and mom, with pals or with those who visit the marketplace and come lower back or folks that go to the mosques or churches. They do all sorts of activities. The ones which are properly off should come up with the money for to maintain their children watching television but some are the usage of their youngsters as hawkers – we are losing people we are trying to deliver back to high school and if do no longer do something about this, we can simply lose all the kids altogether and you will now not be able to return them lower back to high school in the end.”

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