The Federal Government earlier today announced that the state governments and school administrators can commence preparations for the full reopening of schools nationwide.
H-Forbes earlier reported the closure of schools nationwide in March as part of the measures in curtailing the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, on August 4, 2020, FG announced the resumption of exit pupils to enable them write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination starting from August 17, 2020 till September 12, 2020.
While reporting on Thursday, Dr Sani Aliyu who is the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in the middle of a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja stated that the task force has recommended the phased return of students to classrooms.
Dr Sani stated, “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 should 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.”