Dr. Sani Aliyu, The Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 National Coordinator. Photo credit: premiumtimesng.com
School Education News: Prepare for schools reopening in phases – Nigerian FG
State governments must conduct a risk assessment before the reopening of schools in phases.
The Nigerian Federal Government has directed state governments and school administrators to begin preparations for the full reopening of schools and educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across the country in phases, according to a report.
This was disclosed by Sani Aliyu, The Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) National Coordinator on COVID-19, on Thursday who gave the directive during a media briefing held at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
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Dr. Sani Aliyu however, said the PTF recommended a phased reopening of students in schools, citing that educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this 3rd phase of national response on COVID-19.
Some state governments had last week ordered schools in the various states to reopen from September 14, but The Nigerian PTF National Coordinator said that Nigerian Federal Government strongly recommends 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 before reopening.
The Nigerian Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, National Coordinator Sani Aliyu further warned that all crèches and daycare centers and other educational institutions are to remain closed to traditional in-classes until this level of risk is assessed, and that reopening of schools must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure there is no risk of the health of the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.
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