The Senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District in the Senate, Dr. (Mrs.) Akon Eyakenyi has urged the Federal Government to reopen schools in the country and put in place adequate precautionary measures for the pupils and students, to prevent them from Coronavirus infection.
The Senator who is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, made the call on Tuesday in Abuja during an interactive session between her Committee and the Federal Ministry of Education.
The meeting was held as part of oversight function of the Senate Committee on the Ministry of Education, and was aimed at proffering solutions to the education sector especially, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to shutdown of schools in the country.
Senator Eyakenyi observed that school children have been at home without adequate alternative arrangements for them to access formal knowledge and education, which, according to her, has equally added to the prevalent challenges of over fourteen (14) million out of school children in the country.
Senator Eyakenyi added that the major concern of the 9th Senate is to ensure that Nigerian children who are out of school get Basic and Secondary Education.
She lamented the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the last four (4) months in the world, saying that the education sector particularly the Basic and Secondary Education sub-sector are the worst affected by the pandemic.
Akon Eyakenyi advised the federal Ministry of Education and major stakeholders in the Basic and Secondary Education sub-sector to fashion out adequate Covid-19 preventive measures that will help in curbing the spread of the pandemic when the federal government yield her call and reopen the schools in the county.
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1st July, 2020.