The federal government of Nigeria on July 17, 2020 has given 12 days to school owners to meet Covit-19 guidelines for safe reopening and commencement of all external examinations. The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba further noted that the government are meeting with WAEC and other African countries whom are involved in the WASSCE for consultation and an agreement for a new date to reschedule the examination will be reached soon. He appreciated the divergent views expressed by stakeholders on the issue and promised to take into consideration their opinions.
This meeting was attended by the President, Governors, Minister of Education and other stakeholders. They collectively agreed that schools must meet up with the Covit-19 guidelines for safe reopening of schools in 12 days which ends on July 29, 2020. They agreed that schools are expected to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to their State Ministry of Education within the specified timeline.
The government stated that after this assessment and compliance on the guidelines, an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced. The Minister of State for Education having consulted widely in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), State Ministries of Education, etc, noted that the entire guidelines must be adhered to before any further decisions would be take on the issue. He opined that having taken the painful but important decision not to reopen schools without necessary preparations to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Ministry now deem it fit to consider reopening based on the federal government guidelines. Thus, consultations are on top gear to put in place effective mechanism to supervise and monitor compliance. The Minister stated that the Federal Ministry of Education has consulted with the Commissioners of Education in the 36 States, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice Chancellors of Universities, State Governors and some critical development partners.
The Federal Government assured parents that the safety of our students and teachers is paramount as they are working assiduously towards a speedy reopening of schools for the exit classes first, while others would also resume in due time.
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