FG hints on reopening of tertiary institutions

On Monday, the Minister of Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, announced updates on the reopening of tertiary institutions in the country.

Nwajiuba, speaking at the regular briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID today, said they had discussions with groups urging the government to re-open universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

He noted that COVID-19 is still virulent, although the institutions have not yet defined mandatory guidelines.

“We have reviewed responses from about 78 universities already, most of which are private universities who are insistent that they are ready to go.

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“From the state-owned universities, we have a 50-50 response and we are working to upscale that and make sure that everybody is actually ready to go,” the Minister said.

Nwajiuba, however, expressed optimism that the institutions would soon be reopened, but said he would not bandy dates around.

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