Federal Government Ponders on Reopening of Schools in Nigeria

Dr. Sani Aliyu

The Federal Government of Nigeria says state governments across the 35 states and school administrators should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country.

This is contained in an address made by Dr. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

However, the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils effective August 4, 2020, to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

While speaking on Thursday during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, , Dr Sani Aliyu 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.”

This statement is in affirmation to the fact the reopening of schools is long overdue in Nigeria.

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