FG Gives School Owners Deadline for Compliance
The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has disclosed that the Federal Government has given specific guidelines to school owners in the country to meet up with, so as to enable the safe reopening of schools. He added that, the Federal Government will announce an official date for school reopening once these guidelines are in place.
Its been gathered that, no later than the 29th of July, 2020, schools are expected to carry out self-assessments and forward their feedback to State Ministries of Education.
According to the Minister, the Federal Ministry of Education, having consulted widely, has in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Education in Emergencies Working Group, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, developed and distributed guidelines for the safe reopening of schools.
Mr. Nwajiuba stated that after schools have met the guidelines, a consultation will be held with pertinent stakeholders to review the situation and decide on a specific reopening date or otherwise.
Also, he said the ministry has consulted with the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Rectors of Polytechnics, Provosts of Colleges of Education, Chancellors of universities, the Commissioners of Education in the 36 states, development partners, and some State Governors since Tuesday last week to tackle this issue.