For school owners to reopen schools, the Federal Government has given proprietors 12 days to meet the COVID-19 guidelines.
NAIJA NEWS NG reports that this is coming from the office of the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, on the 17th of July 2020.
Ben Goong the Director of Information of the Ministry of Education in a statement said school owners
are expected to take self assessment and send to the State Ministries of Education before the end of 29th day of July 2020. After this exercise is completed, the Minister will announce an official date safe for the reopening of schools.
In the statement, the Minister said his ministry did a wide consultation with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group before designing and circulating the guidelines for the reopening of schools.
nwajiuba said a mechanism to assess and monitor compliance with the guidelines will be put in place.
“Consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.
“Furthermore, the Minister said, having taken the painful but necessary decision not to reopen schools without necessary preparations to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism to assess and monitor compliance shall be put in place,” the statement said
On the possibility of conducting WASSCE in 2020, Nwajiuba affirmed that it has been cancelled.
”We met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on a new examination date. We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and note the divergent views expressed on the matter.
Parents should be rest assured that the safety of our students and teachers is paramount as we work assiduously towards speedy reopening of our schools for the exit classes to take external examinations.”