The Federal Government has given an okay for schools to reopen in the country following the easing of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The reopening of schools which have been shut since March when the pandemic arrived Nigerian shores, will however be done in phases, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, said during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
“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 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 to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home,” the official said.
Nigeria had earlier allowed resumption for students to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020. The students returned to school on August 4th.