The Federal Government has expressed concern over the decision of the Oyo State Government to reopen its primary and secondary schools despite the current rising cases of coronavirus infection in the country.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, while briefing members of the Senate Committee on Basic and Seckndary Education on his ministry's plans for pupils during the COVID - 19 pandemic wondered why the government of Oyo State which is currently battling with an increase cases of new infections, is eager to open schools.
The Minister said the ministry had presented a proposal to the National Assembly on the way forward concerning schools reopening for the federal lawmakers to criticise and make their input adding that the document contains ways to move the education sector forward during the pandemic.
Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that the Vice Chairman of the panel, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, also expressed fears that the academic calendar could be distorted in public schools where no visible arrangement was being made to teach the children at home unlike their private schools counterparts.
She said children in public schools don't have access to online classes like their counterparts in the private schools noting that the arrangement regarding radio and television stations was not working.