Federal Government Finally Announces Reopening of All Schools Nationwide.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally announced the full reopening of schools to all students.
This was disclosed at the briefing of Presidential Task Force by the COVID-19 National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu.
In his statement, he said task force recommends phased return of students and propose that state governments and school administrators should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country.
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.”
the Federal Government had earlier in March issued a directive on the nationwide lockdown of all educational institutions due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Subsequently, the Federal Government announced the reopening of school for exit classes to enable them participate in their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) effective August 4, 2020.
However, as we observe significant development with reducing number of COVID-19 cases, many students and parents have since advocated the reopening of tertiary institutions among others it is considered safe.
Meanwhile, there’s has being an ongoing tussle between ASUU and the Federal Government in this regard.
Apart of the entitlement ASUU expects from the Federal Government, the believe it is not safe to yet reopen schools at this time.