Schools reopening in Nigeria and why it matters

Schools Reopening

The Federal Government has announced August 4, 2020, as the resumption date for students in Secondary School graduating classes across the country. The information was made public by the Director of Press and Public relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, in a statement on Monday.

After over 3 months of being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, secondary students in classes JSS 3 and SSS 3 are expected to go back to the classroom, not for learning, but for the purpose of examination. The federal government also shared that measures will be set in schools to ensure the safety of the returning students.

In June, The Federal Ministry of Education, through the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, shared the supposed guidelines to ensure the safety of students that would be returning to the classroom. In a document titled “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure” submitted to the National Assembly, Schools were charged to ensure that they create temporary isolation spaces and fully-equipped clinics before reopening.

Schools were also required to “establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel become unwell while in schools.”

It also mandated proprietors to seek “grants to procure soaps and buckets, ensure regular safe water supply, ensure a constant supply of learning and instructional materials, and pay salaries on time.”

The FG before reaching the decision to reopen schools shared that the decision came about after a virtual meeting that housed the FG and stakeholders of the educational sector of Nigeria. And Nigerians had a lot to say.



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