Until July 29, the Federal Government has provided school owners to follow strict requirements for reopening schools safely. It said schools are expected to conduct self-assessment and submit feedback no later than July 29, 2020, to state ministries of education. The Government said an official date would be announced once these guidelines are in place for the secure reopening of schools. State education minister Emeka Nwajiuba said these in Abuja on Friday. Nwajiuba said the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), having consulted extensively, has developed and circulated guidelines for reopening schools in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group. In a statement by Information Director, FMoE, Ben Goong, on Friday the minister said school owners are expected to prepare and comply with the guidelines.
"Subsequently, meetings will be held with local stakeholders to review the situation and agree on a clear date for reopening, or otherwise. "In addition, the Minister said, having taken the difficult but necessary decision not to reopen schools without the required arrangements to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism will be placed in place to evaluate and track compliance," the statement added. The minister said that since Tuesday last week, the ministry has consulted with commissioners of education in the 36 states, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON), the National Association of Private School Proprietors (NAPPS), Education College Provost, Polytechnic Rectors, University Vice Chancellors, some State Governors, and development partners. On WAEC, Nwajuiba said: "We met with WAEC on Monday, and decided to meet on a new test date with four other countries. "We appreciate the concern raised by all the stakeholders and note the divergent views on the matter. "Parents should be confident that the health of our students and teachers is of utmost importance, as we work assiduously towards the speedy reopening of our schools for exit classes to take external exams."
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