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Reopening of Schools: FG, Stakeholders Agree on September

We have in the past few months witness the effort made by Federal Government and Stakeholders in the education sector for a safe reopening of schools. Be that as it may with sudden change in plans, schools in Nigeria would reopen in September as was disclosed by a senior official of Federal Ministry of Education on Friday, in Abuja.

From what the official said, the decision will be implemented after school must have been put in proper position to control the spread of COVlD-l9.

The senior official of Federal Ministry of Education also told Daily Sun that officials of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and other relevant agencies have been lobbying the officials to persuade the government to reopen schools so as to allow graduating students to participate in the regional examination.

The official Statement:

“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.”

Meanwhile, another report from the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong on Friday confirmed that Federal Government has given school owners in the country up to 29th July, to meet specific guidelines towards the safe reopening of schools across the country.

He also confirmed that the Ministry has met with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group, and had developed and circulated guidelines for safe reopening of schools.

The Minister from the report has directed school owners to carefully study the recently released guidelines for safe reopening of schools, prepare and comply with the guidelines to fastrack the reopening of schools.

He added:

“Schools are to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than 29th July, 2020. Thereafter, consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held on 30th July, 2020, to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening of schools or otherwise.

“We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the education sector, including Commissioners of Education in all the states of the federation, 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 development partners on the issue of safe reopening of schools.”

I must commend the Federal Government for the continuous commitment to putting safe guides and measures to reopen schools across the country. Many students have lost hope while others have gone in search of what profits them.

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