Buhari Gives Update On Reopening Of Schools In Nigeria

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Buhari govt gives update on reopening of schools in Nigeria
Dr. Sani Aliyu

The federal government on Thursday gave an update on the reopening of schools across the country. National Co-ordinator of the Presidential Task force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said reopening of schools must be staged.

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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the closure of schools, following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

The federal government, however, ordered exiting classes to return to school in order to take their final examinations.
Aliyu, who directed the schools to conduct a risk assessment, said the reopening would be done in phases.

He said: “For educational institutions which includes daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions should we begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.

“However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure that all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to access and monitor this level of compliance.

“Meanwhile all daycare and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-passing classes until this level of risk is assessed and if there will be opening
up 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 developer bill groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.

The federal government had ordered a nationwide closure of schools in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 but in July, the government approved the reopening of schools for students who are currently sitting for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

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