The federal government of Nigeria has ordered the closure of all educational institutions, which include tertiary, secondary and primary schools nation wide.
According to the statement which was released on Thursday 17th March, 2020, by Mr.Echono on behalf of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, it is also noted that all 104 unity schools throughout the country should close on or before the 26th of March,2020 as a precautionary step which is aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) which was become global threat. The Minister of Education has also directed that all tertiary institutions to close on or before 26th March, 2020.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus disease 2019( COVID-19) has been defined as an illness caused by a novel coronavirus now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-COV-2, formerly called COVID-19), which was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. It was initially reported to the WHO on 31st December, 2019. On 30th January, 2020 the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency. On March 11, 2020 The WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
Risk of closing schools during the period of COVID-19!
Due to current situation in Nigeria where several cases of banditry, kidnapping and rape has been reported, and government still trying to extenuate the situation. The government may find it easy to mitigate and minimise the committing of criminal acts within Nigeria by offering work to youth or something that will make them productive, owing to the fact that most of the people who engage in such illegal acts are youth.
Sincerely, school is one of the things that make students to be busy and engaged with academic activities, a student in school; won’t think of committing illegal act or anything that will stop his program, because he always has in mind that he will soon graduate and become someone that will help people in the society. But, when youth are staying at home without going school or doing any job, then they will be having bad thoughts and they can do whatever they think will make them happy. Either right or wrong.
Nigeria reopens worship places, markets and hotels while schools remain closed. Which one among them is not a public place? Sometimes rule can easily be enforced upon students than people in the market, if worship places and markets can be reopened then I see no grounds for closing the schools. Education is as important as worship places in our society, since a person can’t worship without knowledge.
What is education?
The first thing that strikes our minds when we think about education is gaining knowledge; education is a tool which provides people with knowledge, skill, technique, information, enable people to know their rights and duties toward their family, society as well as the nation. It expands vision and outlook to see the world, it develops the capabilities to fight against injustice, violence , corruption many other bad elements in the society.
Education gives us knowledge of the world around us, it develops in us a perspective of looking at life; it is the most important element in the evolution of the nation, without education, a person will not explore new ideas; it means a person will not able to develop the world because without ideas, there is no creativity and without creativity there is no development of the nation.
European country that reopens schools during the period of COVID-19!
Many European countries have reopened their schools. Denmark became the first country to reopen its schools on 15th April, 2020, after a month-long closure and so far the citizens of Denmark have not heard anything negative about the reopening of schools.
We are calling on Federal Government of Nigeria to consider the importance and features of education and reopen schools. It is time to reopen schools now.
LL.B_3_Bayero University Kano,Kano.