The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, says some parents are presently engaging their wards in street trading due to closure of schools occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
The minister also said the planned reopening of schools for graduating pupils in Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 “is really not a matter of compulsion”.
Nwajiuba, who stated this while featuring on a programme on Channels Television on Wednesday evening, allayed the fears of parents and teachers, assuring that the Federal Government has made adequate measures to ensure the safe resumption of schools for exiting pupils.
He explained that the government took the decision for the three categories of pupils to resume for a brief revision before their promotion examinations because not all of them have access to technology or devices for online learning.
The minister said, “We understand the limitations of Nigerians. Most people cannot afford laptops and devices and we know that not all our children have the same access. And if there are people who do have this access and who feel confident that their children are ready for these exams, nobody is compelling anybody to go to any school.
“What we have done is to make the facilities of our schools available. Each school should have places to wash hands, check the temperature of the children constantly, have sanitisers. Private schools should be able to provide these and state governments too. The Federal Government owns just about 104 unity colleges.