Yes, its official: Schools resume 18th January as govt suspends visiting days, assembly

The Federal Government has listed cancellation of assembly, visiting days among other measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease as schools prepare to resume on 18th January, 2021.

These measures were contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Federal Ministry of Education, at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting where the resumption of educational activities was reconfirmed.

According to the statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Ben Bem Goong, part of the measures will be suspension of visiting days by parents of students in boarding schools and no gathering or assembly. These will be in addition to other measures put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The meeting, led by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said schools must ensure compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers and workers; temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations; and ensuring constant supply of water and sanitisers.

Others are enforcement or maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings, avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostels, availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities and adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed or approved by the PTF from time to time.

Goong added, “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.”

The statement said the decision to reopen schools was reached after extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.


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