Nigeria Cancels planned Reopening of Schools 


The Nigerian government on Wednesday cancelled its plan to reopen schools to enable students sit for the senior secondary certificate examinations and junior secondary certificate examinations.

The  Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had said on Monday, July 6, that schools would reopen for graduating students on August 4. 

This changed on Wednesday when the government announced that all schools controlled by the Ministry of Education would be shut until their safety is guaranteed. 

Nigeria also cancelled its participation in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations this year, citing rising cases of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nigeria's confirmed cases of the virus infection rose beyond 30,000 on Wednesday, according to figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, explained in Abuja that schools in Nigeria would remain closed until the spread of COVID-19 abates.

Referring to the earlier announcement, Adamu declared that Nwajiuba had been misquoted.