FG addresses speculation on the official date for reopening of schools

FG addresses speculation on the official date for reopening of schools

- After several months of speculation, the federal government has disclosed when it will announce the official date for the reopening of schools nationwide

- The ministry of education said an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced once the safe guidelines for safe resumption are put in place

- The disclosure was made by the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, in Abuja

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After several months of speculation, the federal government has disclosed when it will announce the official date for the reopening of schools nationwide.

Schools across the country have been closed since March 2020 due to the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

FG reveals when the official date for reopening of schools will be announced

The federal government has circulated safe guidelines for safe resumption are put in place: Photo credits: Dnbstories
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But the ministry of education on Friday, July 17, said an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced once the safe guidelines for safe resumption are put in place.

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The disclosure was made by the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba, in Abuja.

The minister pointed out that school owners are expected to undertake self-assessment of the circulated guidelines for the reopening and send feedback to state ministries of education, not later than 29th July 2020.

The minister disclosed that school owners are expected to prepare and comply with the guidelines.

He said the guidelines were developed and circulated after the federal ministry of education consulted widely with the federal ministry of health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Meanwhile, a university don, Professor Peace Chinedum Babalola, has offered a piece of advice on how schools can be safely reopened amid the growing anxiety over whether or not the Nigerian government should reopen schools,

Babalola who is the vice-chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun state, advised the federal government to adopt “staggered” resumption of schools. Daily Trust reports that Babalola said this on Wednesday, July 15, during the university's virtual matriculation ceremony.

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Legit.ng gathers that the university don advised the government to reopen schools for final year students at all levels to enable them to finish their education in time.

She, however, advised that the government needs to “stagger” resumption of students to achieve social distancing.

In another report, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos state chapter, has said it is opposed to the reopening of schools due to the rising cases of COVID-19.

The chairman of the NUT in Lagos state, Adesina Adedoyin, made the disclosure when reacting to the decision of the south-west governors to commence the West African Senior Secondary Examinations (WASSCE) in August.

Adedoyin who faulted the move by the governors cited the rising COVID-19 cases and the limited testing centres available in the state as a cause for concern, This Day reported.

He called for the state governments and the federal government to take a uniform position on the reopening of schools.

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