FG gives school owners July 29 deadline to fulfill guidelines for reopening

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The Federal Government’s has given school owners in the country up to 29th July, 2020 to meet specific guidelines towards reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.

Minister of State for Education, Chukwemeka Nwajiuba who stated this on Friday in his office in Abuja, said the Ministry, having consulted widely has in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Education in Emergency Working Group, developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools.

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According to the Minister, school owners are to prepare and comply with the guidelines.

Nwajuiba said, schools are to undertake self assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education not later than 29th July, 2020.

Thereafter, consultation with relevant stakeholders will be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.

Further more, the Minister said, having taken the painful but necessary decision not to reopen schools without necessary preparation to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism assess and monitor compliance will put in place.

According to the Minister, “Since Tuesday last week, we have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including Commissioners of Education in all states of the Federation, the Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria (APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice Chancellors of Universities, some State Governors, and development partners.

On WAEC, Hon. Nwajuiba said, ” we met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four countries on a new examination date.”
We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and note divergent views expressed on the matter, the Minister added.
“Parents should 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 class to take external examination,” Ben Bem Goong, Director, Information in the Ministry said in a statement.

 

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