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Nigeria cautiously asks states to prepare for schools reopening

By on September 3, 2020 0 105 Views

Nigeria on Thursday said schools across the country can start the process of working towards potentially reopening after they were shut in March as part of measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, who issued the directive on Thursday said states should conduct risk assessments to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance with the covid-19 protocol.

Aliyu also said that the presidential task force recommends phased return of students to classrooms, which may translate to mean some schools not reopening immediately while others at some level to be defined by each state will reopen first before the others.

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“For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.
“However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness.

“Meanwhile, all daycares and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed. And if there will be opening of schools, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home,” Aliyu said at the briefing in Abuja by the presidential task force.

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Nigeria closed down schools in the wake of the outbreak of Coronavirus in March as it imposed lockdown across the country as part of measures to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

The government has last month reopened some schools for some categories of students writing final examinations such as those who are writing this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020 and other graduating students.

Lagos had last week announced plans to reopen tertiary institutions in the state from September 14 and primary and secondary schools from September 21, 2020.

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