FG gives guidelines for reopening of schools across level amid Covid-19 pandemic

– Ministry of education has submitted its plans which contain conditions for the reopening of schools across levels

– Some of the conditions will see teachers trained on hygiene management and other safety measures

– Classes will also need to be restructured to accommodate the reality of social distancing

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The federal government has reeled-out conditions for the safe reopening of the schools across all levels as part of the extension to the relaxation of lockdown imposed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Although the time for the resumption was not stated, the Ministry of Education on Monday, July 13, said the resumption of all classes will be in phases.

It, however, further stressed that before schools can be reopened, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel considered.

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While maintaining that more than 1.5 billion children and young people globally have been affected by school and university closures, the education ministry, in the guidelines, also declared that it has identified programmes that “will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps.”

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Ministry of education has submitted its architecture which contains conditions for the reopening of schools across levels.
Source: UGC

In the guideline signed by the ministers of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the education ministry also recommended distance learning, satellites centres and online teaching.

Parts of the conditions given stated that schools should be fumigated, while classes should be restructured in a way that will accommodate social distancing.

Another core condition given for the reopening of the schools is that teachers must be trained in hygiene management and other safety measures.

“The scenarios require organising learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the risk mitigation strategies.

“The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise,” part of the condition for the opening process read.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that private schools across the country have said they are ready to participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) being conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) despite the stance of the federal government that no Nigerian school would participate in the exams.

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, had announced that Nigerian schools would not participate in the (WASSCE) scheduled to hold from August 5 to September 5, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But private schools across the country have differed with the ministry of education over the issue.

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