House Representative members have rejected the January 18 school resumption date approved by the Federal Government.
NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere who spoke with PUNCH on Saturday said the Federal Government did not carry the House along before reaching the agreement with other stakeholders.
He demanded that the school resumption should be postponed to three months so that all the necessary measures to comply with the protocols are put in place.
“They did not consult us; at least in my committee, nobody from the ministry spoke to me. I have been in Abuja. And I am not sure that they spoke to any of my members. They just don’t see us as part of the critical stakeholders,” he said.
In a statement titled “Schools resumption: Are we truly prepared?” he released later on Saturday on behalf of his committee, Ihonvbere rejected the Monday resumption date.
It read in part, “The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, has received with concern the decision of the Federal Government to reopen schools on January 18, 2021.
“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?”