FG directs schools to prepare for full resumption

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The federal government Thursday directed school administrators and proprietors to be prepared for full reopening of schools.

This directive came from the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu during a briefing on Thursday.

He asked them to ensure that a proper risk assessment is conducted preparatory to full resumption which will be in phases.

“For 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 a 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”, he said.

He explained that daycare centres should remain closed until this level of risk is assessed.

“If schools are to reopen, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”

Following the outbreak of Covid-19 earlier in the year, the Federal Government ordered a nationwide closure of all educational institutions to prevent the spread of the virus. This was relaxed in July when students in SSS III who are currently writing their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) exams were asked to resume.

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