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FG finally okays reopening of schools

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The Federal Government on Wednesday said state governments and school administrators should commence preparations for the full reopening of schools across the country.

Recall that schools in Nigeria were shut down in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

In August, FG announced the resumption of graduating students in SS3 classes effective August 4, to write 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

National Coordinator of the Presidential Task force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, Speaking on Thursday during a briefing at in Abuja, said the task force recommends phased 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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