FACT CHECK: FG Did Not Order Resumption of All Secondary Schools

VERDICT: Misleading

CLAIM: On Monday, July 27, 2020, several blogs and online platforms published claims that the Federal Government had ordered all secondary school students to resume on August 4, 2020.

The reports mostly with the headline: “BREAKING: FG orders secondary schools students to resume August 4’’claimed that the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Education gave the directive for the resumption of schools.

FACT: 

The Federal Ministry of Education did not direct the reopening of all secondary schools in the country. 

The only directive given by the FG was for the resumption of examination classes – Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3.

While the headlines say secondary schools to mean all students, a later part of the report acknowledged the fact that, ‘’Only students in exit classes are expected to resume, so that they can participate in the West African Examination (WAEC) exercise scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020.’’

Also, the statement announcing the resumption directive posted on the Ministry of Education’s Twitter page was captioned, ‘’ATTENTION: EXIT CLASSES TO REOPEN AUGUST 4TH, 2020. Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only.’’

CONCLUSION

The headline that all secondary school students have been directed by the FG to resume classes is misleading.

Only students in exit classes are expected to resume, to enable them to participate in the West African Examination (WAEC) exercise scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020.

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