schools can now open – FG

Federal government in Nigeria has okayed full reopening of schools across states.

The Federal Government has given its approval to start preparations for the country’s full reopening of schools to state governments and school administrators, a Punch report has revealed.

Remember that the country’s schools were shut down in March as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease. FG announced the resumption of graduating pupils to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination this year from August 17, 2020 through September 12, 2020, effective August 4 , 2020.

Subsequently, some state governments such as Lagos and Kogi announced the full reopening of schools, effective mid-September.

Speaking on Thursday, during a briefing at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said the task force is recommending the gradual return of students to classrooms.

Aliyu said:-

“For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.

“However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness.

“Meanwhile, all daycares and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed. And if there will be opening of schools, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”

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