Nigerian Lawmakers Oppose School Reopening Plans

National Assembly members have asked the federal government to postpone the planned reopening of schools by three months citing rising Covid-19 cases.

Schools were scheduled to reopen on Monday.

The committee on education said it was concerned about the rush to reopen schools amid a new spike of 1,000 new infections reported daily.

Committee chairwoman, Julius Ihonvbere, suggested that learners should stay at home until schools can report 75% compliance to Covid-19 protocols.

“Aside from Lagos and a couple of other states, governments are unable to enforce Covid-19 protocols. People no longer wear face masks or use sanitizers,” said Mr Ihonvbere.

The committee wants the government to monitor compliance in community and readiness of schools first before allowing children back to schools.