Towards the end of last year (2020), it was announced that the new resumption date for the second term/semester in the 2020/2021 academic session would be January 4, 2021.
However, the recent happenings and drastic increase in Covid-19 cases in the country have stopped that from happening. The resumption date for schools, according to FG was moved to a later day in January which is supposed to be January 18th.
However, the recent increase in Covid-19 cases across the country has made the government give new updates concerning the proposed resumption date for school resumption.
The government through the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had recently announced that the resumption date which is supposed to be January 18 is not sacrosanct.
This announcement caused many speculations and rumors on whether the government had truly postponed the school resumption date.
Some social media posts which went viral across media space claimed that the government had indefinitely postponed the school resumption date.
However, an official news source, ChannelsTv, debunked the claims and reiterated that the Minister only said that the date was under review and not postponed.
The Federal government has also given another recent update concerning the January 18 school resumption date.
According to reports, the PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu clarified the recent announcement made by the Minister of Education concerning school resumption.
In a TV program, Dr. Sani said that the date remains January 18th for school resumption and that the Minister of education only said it will be reviewed.
Dr. Sani said that "As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date. He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.
“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”
This means that the school resumption date has not been postponed and may not be if the outcome of the review is positive.
That said, there is still some important school news you should know as a student expecting school resumption. This news concerns tertiary institution students.
More schools have begun to give updates on when they would resume and a few of them are listed below.
Note that UNILAG Senate members will be meeting today to make decisions on the school resumption through a virtual meeting.
ABU (Ahmadu Bello University)
Ahmadu Bello University Senate met over the resumption of the school and decided that the official resumption date for school resumption in ABU would be January 25.
However, Mallam Auwal Umar who is the Director of Public Affairs of the ABU said in a statement that the resumption date was subject to review by the Federal Government.
He added that the school would open in phases in which final year students and 100 and 200 level students would resume in the first phase. Other classes are to resume in the second phase.
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB)
This school has also announced that it is fully ready for resumption and has fixed January 18th as the official resumption date for academic activities to continue in the school.
The school noted that it would be running both virtual and physical classes to ensure that Covid-19 safety protocols are observed.
UNIPORT (University of Port-Harcourt)
UNIPORT after successfully purchasing over 400 thermometers announced that students were to return to campus on Friday, 29th of January. Lectures will supposedly commence in the school on Monday, 1st of February.
FUTA (Federal University of Technology, Akure)
This prominent institution also announced that students were to resume back to school on January 18, 2021. Students were required to come with facemasks and hand sanitizers for their protection from the deadly virus.
These are all the updates this article can muster concerning school news and school resumption.
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