FG Gives School Owners Until July 29 to Meet COVID-19 Guidelines Before School Reopens

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The Federal Government has given school owners up to July 29 to meet all the COVID-19 guidelines released for the safe reopening of schools.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, made this known in a statement.

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According to a statement released by the Ministry of Education’s Director of Information, Ben Goong, the Minister said schools are expected to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than July 29. The Minister added that an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced once these guidelines have been put in place.

He went further to explain that the Federal Ministry of Education, has spoken at length with government agencies, the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group before developing and circulating the guidelines issued for the reopening of schools. He added that a way to monitor and make sure schools comply with the guidelines will be put in place.

“Several meetings will be held with relevant stakeholders to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.

The statement went further to explain that ” the Minister said, having taken the painful but necessary decision not to reopen schools without properly preparing to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued to consult with stakeholders, and a way to make sure we monitor compliance shall be put in place,” the statement said

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Regarding the 2020 WASSCE that has been canceled, Nwajiuba said

”We met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date. We are grateful for the concern shown by all stakeholders and we have taken note of the different views expressed on the matter.

Parents should rest assured that the student’s and teachers’ safety is number one as we work hard towards the speedy reopening of our schools for the exit classes to take external examinations.”

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