The spread of Covid 19 has forced the Federal Government to closed down schools since March, 2020. The Federal Government of Nigeria through the presidential task force on Covid 19 headed by the secretary to the government of the federation Boss Mustapha has approved what it called safe reopening of schools nationwide in the phase of the gradual easing of lockdown in June.
Boss Mustapha said the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes resumes in preparation for examinations. However, the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu earlier this month stressed that the schools will not resume any moment.
This has generated debates allover the country and barring any sudden change in plans, schools in Nigeria would reopen in September as disclosed by a senior official of Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja on Friday 17th July 2020.
The official said the decision will be implemented after school must have been put in proper position to control the spread of Coronavirus.The official, however, confirmed WAEC officials have been uncomfortable since Nigeria announced that its students may not participate in the 2020 WAEC examination.
The official said the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, met with WAEC officials on Monday, and WAEC officials agreed to further consult with four other countries on the possibility of a new date for the examination.”
Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, in a statement, on Friday, confirmed that Federal Government has given school owners in the country up to 29th July, to meet specific guidelines and self assessment towards the safe reopening of schools.
He said the Minister has directed school owners to carefully study the recently released guidelines for safe reopening of schools, prepare and comply with the guidelines so that schools can be reopened.
On Monday the Federal Government released 52 page guideline document for safe reopening of schools, advising schools to strictly comply with the guidelines for the safety of students and teachers against Covid 19.
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