The Federal Government has announced its resolve to go ahead with the January 18, 2021 resumption date for schools nationwide.
This is despite the pressure being mounted by some organisations, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, against reopening of schools amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
VANTAGE NEWS learnt on Thursday that the decision was taken after due consultations between the Ministry of Education and critical stakeholders in the education sector.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had during the press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said January 18 resumption date was not sacrosanct.
He gave a hint that the date would be reviewed without giving further details.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, had kicked against the reopening of schools amid the pandemic.
He called on the government to provide the ideal environment and meet the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control before reopening schools across the country.
But a press release signed by Ben Bem Goong, Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Education on Thursday confirmed that the January 18 resumption date remains unchanged.
See the full press release below: