The country’s school owners have received specific guidelines that they must comply with before July 29 to ensure that schools can reopen safely. This was announced by Education Minister Emeka Nwajiuba on Friday in Abuja. The government said an official date for safe school reopening will be announced once these guidelines are in place.
Schools were found to be expected to self-assess and send feedback to government ministries of education by July 29, 2020 at the latest.
Nwajiuba said the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), after in-depth consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the Emergency Education Working Group, developed and disseminated guidelines for school reopening.
The minister said that once schools have followed the guidelines, consultations with relevant stakeholders will take place to review the situation and set a specific date for reopening or otherwise.
The minister said the ministry had consulted with education commissioners in the 36 states, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON), the National Association of Owners of Private Schools (NAPPS), the provosts of schools of education and the rectors of universities of applied sciences, university chancellors , some governors and development partners since Tuesday last week.
Regarding WAEC, the minister said the ministry met with WAEC on Monday, and both parties agreed to consult four more countries on the new exam date.
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