The House of Representatives has faulted the Federal Government decision to reopen schools on Monday despite the increasing cases of COVID-19.
A statement by the chairman House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, said it was “particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened.”
It said contrary to their claim, government officials did not consult the relevant committees of the National Assembly, before arriving at the January 18, 2021, resumption date.
“Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?”
It, therefore, demanded postponement of resumption for three months, where necessary safety measures would be put in place and compliance with protocols low.