School reopening: Children are asymptomatic – Education Minister  


The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said studies have shown that children infected by coronavirus are generally asymptomatic.

Nwajiuba stated this on Tuesday at the National Assembly where he presented proposal of his ministry on the reopening of schools amid COVID-19 to the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.

The minister, who was coy about giving a summary of the document on the grounds that it may be misconstrued as guidelines for schools reopening, however claimed medical discovery about the pandemic made, asserted children are mostly asymptomatic and whether they can transmit or not is still unclear.

He said, “Children are asymptomatic carriers. Nobody can prove whether they can infect each others. Not even the health experts. Everything we know about it is what we read. There is nothing we discovered on our own.

“In the document we have provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.

“We don’t want to make it (proposal) known at this period so that some people will not take our proposal for the guidelines for schools reopening.

“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders.”

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