FG Gives Conditions For Reopening Schools, Varsities

The Federal Government has listed conditions that school would abide by before the consideration for the reopening of schools and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Without fulfilling these conditions, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated it would be difficult for the government to reopen any school.

The Minister however, warned schools administrator not to go against government directives by doing anything contrary to covid 19 guidelines.

The Minister who spoke at the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board [JAMB] stated that all Institutions must have (1) Hand-washing facilities, (2) Body temperature checks (3) Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hostels, classes, offices, etc. (4) The whole premises of each institution must be decontaminated and (5) All efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene (6) Ensure Social and Physical Distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces.”

The commended the higher institutions for responding promptly with different innovations, including the manufacturing of some of the facilities that were required to attend to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The minister, however, warned them against reopening schools without the Federal Government’s authorisation.

According to him, “While we look forward to easing the lockdown which will ultimately lead to re-opening of our campuses, I urge all the Heads of Institutions not to wait till the announcement on reopening before putting in place all necessary measures in compliance with the protocols and advisories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,”.

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