Earlier today we heard that "Ebola is under control" in Nigeria. Now the Nigerian Tribune suggests otherwise: Ebola: FG closes all schools till Oct 13 •Suspends summer classes, international seminars. Excerpt:
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced that all private and public primary and secondary schools should remain closed till October 13, as preventive measure against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country.
Minister of Education, Mallam Shekarau Ibrahim, who briefed newsmen in Abuja after a consultative meeting with state commissioners of education, warned that it would be a criminal act for any school to reopen from the holidays, in contravention of the directive.
Shekarau said it was a unanimous decision of the stakeholders at the meeting that the schools remained shut, while the Federal Government continued in the efforts to eradicate the epidemic in the country.
The minister also announced immediate suspension of all organised summer classes going on in the country.
The Federal Government also ordered all tertiary institutions to suspend forthwith, staff and students exchange programmes, as well as major international seminars and workshops until further notice.
Shekarau told newsmen that all state Ministry of Education had been similarly directed to work in collaboration with health workers in the monitoring of the schools before and after reopening.
This is a big deal. According to UNESCO, in 2005-06 Nigeria had 22 million pupils in primary alone, and almost 600,000 primary teachers. Enrollments drop off in junior secondary and secondary, but they're still substantial, and enough students graduate to fill over 120 Nigerian universities.