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FG Fixes Deadline For Schools To Meet COVID-19 Guidelines

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The Federal Government has asked school owners to meet specific guidelines for the safe reopening of schools on or before 29th July 2020.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said schools are expected to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than 29th July, 2020.

He revealed that the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group, had developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools.

In a statement on Friday by the Director of Information, FMoE, Ben Goong, Nwajiuba disclosed that an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced once these guidelines are in place.

The statement reads: “Thereafter, 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.”

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The minister stated that a meeting was held with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), adding that further consultation would be held 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,” Nwajiuba said.