The Peoples Democratic Party Vice Presidential candidate during the last general election, Peter Obi, has challenged the Federal Government over its decision not to reopen schools.
The former Governor of Anambra State noted that the decision of the Nigerian government would jeopardize the future of children.
Obi in a statement released on Tuesday said the sudden change of mind by the Federal Government on the earlier scheduled school resumption is not healthy for the country.
The former governor noted that the Ministry of Education can put in place some safety measures for the safe re-opening of schools without putting the health of students at risk.
He further stated that the cancellation of the WASSCE is not in the best interest of Nigeria because it presents the country in a bad light.
Obi noted that safe return to schools would effectively reactivate the education sector while seeing students safely through their academic exercises.
“I hope the Federal Government realises how important it is that our education sector comes alive with activities. Rather than completely halting academic activities, especially WASSCE, the Ministry of Education should have by now come up with an effective roadmap that will see our children back to school safely.”
“More amenities like classrooms, equipment, and invigilators should be provided by the government to ensure that social distancing is well enforced among students. Working hand-in-hand with other ministries will give the Ministry of Education the much-needed synergy to work out a safe plan for the resumption of schools.”
He called on the government to reconsider their stand and create a safe environment for the student.