A three-second video that has been heavily shared on social media appears to show Nigeria’s minister of education, Adamu Adamu, saying all schools in the country will reopen on 7 September 2020.
The hashtag #schoolreopening, accompanied by the video, was among the top trends on Twitter on Tuesday, 18 August 2020. It was also widely circulated on WhatsApp.
A similar post containing the claim on Facebookattracted hundreds of comments. “Alhamdulillah.
BREAKING News: All Schools in Nigeria are Resuming on 7th September (University, Poly, Secondary School and Others,” the Facebook post reads.
It did not include the video or quote the minister of education.
It goes on to say that “the Joint Admission and Matriculation (JAMB) and all tertiary institutions have agreed to commence the 2020/2021 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening on September 7.”
It is true that university screening examinations have been scheduled for 7 September 2020.
But has the government announced the same day for schools in the country to reopen following a prolonged break due to the Covid-19 pandemic?