The Federal Ministry of Education has announced that the government is about to commence the basic primary school classes on the national media; the Nigerian Television Authority and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, to enable pupils to learn during the COVID-19 pandemic break.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated this on Tuesday during the daily Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja; while stating the efforts the government were making over millions of Nigerian schoolchildren who were at home.
Adamu said the government planned to sustain the audio-visual classes on NTA and FRCN; even after the coronavirus pandemic break.
The minister said, “Some tertiary institutions have already collected their lessons online. The ministry is working with the NTA and FRCN to start giving lectures; not just because of COVID-19, but I hope this will become a permanent feature of our educational system. So lessons will be given online. They are for basic and primary schools.”
1st News reported that the Federal Ministry of Education has urged Nigerians to disregard some false news making the rounds that the Federal Government had directed the reopening of schools in the country.
The ministry’s Director of Press, Ben Goong, said on Sunday that there wasn’t such directive from the minister, Adamu Adamu; as FG instructed everyone to work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Goong noted that parents, guardians and stakeholders must not be misled by fake news; but should continue to abide by the Federal Government’s regulations to tackle the ravaging pandemic.
He said, “On the issue of reopening of schools, the ministry has not directed the reopening; of any school at any level. The purported press release by the minister to that effect is a clear forgery as it did not emanate from the minister.