President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has revealed that eighty per cent of parents in the country have kicked against the reopening of schools due to the increase in Coronavirus cases.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Thursday while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Nwajiuba further stated that the survey carried out showed that most parents in the country are against the move to reopen schools at the moment.
According to him, parents don’t want their children to be used as an experiment.
“We are keeping the children at home because you can’t see coronavirus with your naked eyes and can’t know if a child is asymptomatic or carrying the virus. If he does, and he goes back and infects another person, there is no way for us to know.”
“Prior to that, the ministry carried out a perception survey around the country and 80 per cent of the responses were assurances from parents that they’re not willing to experiment with their children. If there are parents willing to experiment – to check whether it can work or not, we can invite them to a test.”
Meanwhile, according to the data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria has recorded 22,614 confirmed cases of COVID-19, about 7,822 patients have been discharged, while 549 death has been recorded.