Nigeria wants schools to create ‘temporary isolation space’ before reopening
Nigeria has said that a major consideration for the reopening of schools in the country is that they must create immediately temporary isolation space for coronavirus, minister of Education has said.
In a document presented to the National Assembly by the education ministry, schools are also mandated to “ensure establishment of a School COVID-19 Referral System, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators and other education personnel become unwell while in schools.”
The document signed by the minister of Adamu Adamu described the conditions as key strategies for implementing safe, efficient, and equitable plans for school reopening and operations.
“Given that COVID-19 may be with us for a while, the guidelines also highlight the urgent need to maintain and improve upon distance learning programmes,” the minister said in the document.
The Minister said in the document that “safe school reopening will require careful sequencing and scheduling.
“This is necessary as all requirements for safe opening cannot be promptly met for or by all schools at the same time. There is, therefore, an imperative for prioritization. The following considerations underline the necessity of sequencing the safe reopening of schools:
“Time will be required to carry out need assessments and to organize procurement and delivery to schools.”
“Federal and States Ministries of Education should decide when to reopen after due consultations with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Federal Ministry of Health, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and other critical stakeholders, including non-state education providers, teachers’ unions, PTAs, and school based management committees (SBMCs).
“It is equally crucial that consultations are held and communication exchanged with parents, teachers, learners and communities to understand and address common concerns.
“Decisions on safe reopening should be contingent on meeting the requirements set out in these guidelines and on a case by case basis for each school and learning facility.
“To this end, a multi-sectoral approach comprising of education, health, environment and Emergency Operation Centre (EOCs) should use the Safe Reopening School Readiness and Compliance checklist to determine when each school should reopen.”