The federal government of Nigeria had ordered a nationwide closure of schools in March to contain the spread of COVID-19, but in July, the government approved the reopening of schools for students who are currently sitting the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). In recent news, the federal government approved the full reopening of schools in the country. What do we know about this? And when is the Nigerian schools resumption date 2020?
Here are all the recent updates regarding Nigerian schools resumption.
Nigerian schools resumption update
The Federal Government of Nigeria recently approved the full reopening of schools across the country for the commencement of the new academic session.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, made this known at a PTF briefing on Thursday, September 3. However, Aliyu ordered states to conduct a risk assessment to ensure that all schools are at a level of compliance.
Aliyu said the reopening would be done in phases. He said:
“For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase. However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure that all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to access and monitor this level of compliance.
Meanwhile, all daycare and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-passing classes until this level of risk is assessed and if there will be opening up 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 developer bill groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the proposed resumption of academic activities in Lagos and some other states of the federation, the PTF on COVID-19 called for caution among the stakeholders.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, cited how such haste escalated the COVID-19 management situation in some other countries and said that it would be in the best interest of Nigeria to stick to the pattern proven effective since the national response was launched.
Some state governors have announced Monday, September 21, as the resumption date for academic activities, but the federal government has warned state governors ahead of the full reopening of schools.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, said the federal government would not hesitate to shut any school reopened without adherence to COVID-19 guidelines.
He disclosed this on Monday, September 14, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
The minister, who was reacting to a question about some state governments that have already announced the full reopening of primary and secondary schools effective from September 21, did not give a specific date for full nationwide resumption.
He said that the state governments making moves to reopen schools were in tune with the directive by the PTF that states and other stakeholders should prepare for the full reopening of schools.
He also revealed that universities need to get clearance from the National Universities Commission (NUC) before reopening.
Lagos schools reopening update
As an afterthought, the Lagos state government on Sunday, September 13, announced the categories of secondary school students that will be allowed to return to their classrooms on Monday, September 21.
According to a statement issued by Kayode Abayomi, the head of public affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, only JSS 3 and SSS 2 students will be permitted to resume studies in schools on the said date.
Abayomi, in his statement on Sunday, said:
“The present JSS 3 and SSS 2 students in public schools in the State are to resume classes from Monday, 21st of September, 2020. The resumption will permit the present JSS 3 students who are already in an exit class to revise and get adequately prepared for their forthcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination organised by the Lagos State Examination Board and scheduled between Tuesday, 6th and Monday, 12th of October, 2020."
Nigerian schools resumption news for universities
Universities across the country have made plans to get their students back to class. Here is the latest from various universities in Nigeria.
- Bayero University, Kano: The Post UTME and Direct Entry screening exercise for the 2020/2021 admission exercise has started.
- The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun: The university has postponed the Post UTME screening exercise that was supposed to be held from Monday 14th to Friday 25th September 2020. The exercise will now be held from Monday, 23rd November to Friday 4th December 2020, from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily. The registration exercise already started on Wednesday 12th August 2020 and will end on Wednesday 18th November 2020.
- Federal University of Technology, Akure: The university warned that it has never fixed any date for the 2020/2021 Post UTME exercise. The university will advertise the date for the exercise on its website and in two national daily newspapers.
- Federal University of Technology, Owerri: Has extended the closing date for candidates to register for the Post UTME and Direct Entry exercise until further notice.
- University, Dutse, Jigawa: Admission exercise started on Monday 7th September and will end on 4 October 2020.
- Federal University of Technology, Minna: Post UTME and Direct Entry screening exercise for the 2020/2021 admission exercise will start on Monday, 21 September and end on 18 November 2020.
- Federal University, Kashere, Gombe: Post UTME and Direct Entry screening exercise for the 2020/2021 admission exercise started on Monday 7 September and will end on 30 September 2020, and it will be conducted online.
- Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State: The university postponed the registration for the 2020/2021 AEFUNAI Post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise to 15 September 2020.
- Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State: The school has begun the post UTME screening exercise and it will close on 30 September 2020.
- Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike: Has begun online post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise.
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka: Has begun the online 2020/2021 post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise. The screening exercise will close on 30 September.
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife: The university management has said that it will resume once the government announces the date when schools are fit for reopening. Once the date is set, then the school will open.
- University of Abuja, Gwagwalada: Has begun the online post UTME/ screening exercise, and it will end on 27 November 2020.
- University of Benin: Admission Screening Exercise (Post UTME) for the 2020/2021 academic session will begin on Monday, 23rd November 2020 and Tuesday, 8th December 2020 for the Ugbowo Campus of the University. The screening exercise will be in the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.
- University of Ibadan: Has begun the post UTME screening exercise and it will end on 16 October 2020. Applicants are advised to check the University of Ibadan website for more instructions.
- University of Ilorin: Registration for the Post-UTME screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session has started and will end on 30th September 2020. The postgraduate form for the 2020/2021 academic session is also available.
- University of Port-Harcourt: Has begun the post UTME/ screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session.
- University of Uyo: Has begun the post UTME/ screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session. The deadline for the 2020/2021 postgraduate admission registration has also been extended.
- Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba: Post UTME/ screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session has started.
- Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden: Has extended their 2020 post UTME registration until 25 September 2020.
- Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli: Has begun online post UTME screening exercise.
- Delta State University Abraka: Has begun online post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session and it will close on 6 November 2020.
- Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu: Online registration for admission into the Mature Students Programme (MSP) of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu, for the 2020/2021 session has started. Online screening for post UTME/Direct Entry candidates also started, and the portal was set to close on 12 September 2020.
- Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai: Has begun the 2020/2021 post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise.
- Kaduna State University, Kaduna: Has begun the online post-UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session.
- Kwara State University, Ilorin: Has begun the online post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session and it was set to close on 11 September 2020.
- Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa: Registration for the Post-UTME screening exercise for the 2020/2021 academic session has begun.
- River State University: Has begun application into postgraduate school programmes for the 2020/2021 session. Application into part-time post-graduate school programmes for the 2020/2021 session has also begun and it will close on 31 October 2020.
- Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye: Has begun online coaching for applicants.
- Lagos State University, Ojo: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, announced that the 400, 500 and 600 level students will resume for two months and will receive lectures from 9 am - 3 pm every day. After they complete their two months, 200 and 300 level students will also resume for another two months before they write their exams.
- Niger Delta University Yenagoa: Has completed their post UTME screening exercise and will begin selling their pre-degree application forms, applications forms for admission into part-time undergraduate programmes, and forms for sandwich programmes. They will also begin selling application forms for admission to full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes. The forms will close on 31 October 2020.
- Umar Musa Yar' Adua University Katsina: Has begun online post UTME screening exercise.
- Osun State University Osogbo: Has begun the 2020/2021 post UTME/Direct Entry screening exercise and it will end on 16 October 2020. The university will also do online convocation for 2018/2019 graduands on 21 September 2020.
- Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano: Has begun the 2020/2021 post UTME exercise and it will end on 7 October 2020.
- Ondo State University of Medical Sciences: The 2020/2021 post UTME screening exercise will be held between 25th - 27th November 2020.
- Edo University Iyamo: The 2020/2021 Post UTME screening exercise will start on 24 September 2020.
Polytechnics and Colleges of Education
- Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State: Has begun the admission process for the 2020/2021 academic session
- Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State: Admission screening exercises for ND/HND programmes into the 2020/2021 academic session has started and will close on 28th November 2020.
- Federal Polytechnic Bida: Has begun the admission process for the 2020/2021 academic session. The form for the admission will close on 31 October 2020. Fresh and returning students have begun online registration.
- Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State: Has begun the admission process for the 2020/2021 academic session and will stop selling the post UTME form on 31 October 2020.
- Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State: Has began the admission process for 2020/2021 academic session for ND 1. The polytechnic will conduct Post UTME screening and check applicants' credentials.
- Federal Polytechnic Offa: Post UTME screening exercise for the 2020/2021 admission exercise will be conducted online.
- Federal Polytechnic Oko: Has begun the admission process for the 2020/2021 academic session.
- Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, Imo State: Began online lectures on Monday 7 September 2020. Assignments, quiz and exams for the semester will be done online as well.
- Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas Bonny, Rivers State: Has begun the admission process for the 2020/2021 academic session.
- Yaba College of Technology, P.M.B. 2011, Yaba, Lagos State: Has extended the date for the 2020/2021 post UTME screening to 26 October 2020.
- Petroleum Training Institute Effurun: The Post UTME screening exercise will be held on 19 September and the institute will conduct another one on 21 November for those whose WAEC or NECO results are not yet out.
- Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT), NAF Base Kaduna: All freshers who got admission for the 2019/2020 academic session had to complete their registration before 8th September or lose their admission.
- Enville Institute of Management and Technology: The 2020/2021 admission process has started.
- Peaceland College of Education, Enugu: Has started the 2020/2021 admission process.
- Federal College of Education (T), Umunze: Has started physical clearance for all students who got admission into the 2019/2020 academic session. The exercise will end on 25 September 2020.
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