The federal government has re-emphasized that schools will resume studies on Monday, January 18. It made this known after due consultation with stakeholders in Abuja yesterday, following the reaction that trailed the Minister of Education’s earlier comment that the date would be reviewed as a result of surge in the spread of coronavirus.

After the consultation yesterday, which had in attendance State Governors, Commissioners of Education, staff unions and students, Proprietors and  heads of institutions, it was unanimously agreed that schools should reopen on January 18, albeit with due compliance with covid-19 protocols.  

In a a statement released by the Director of Press and PR of the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, shortly after the consultation, the federal government sets the following compulsory guidelines for schools for safe reopening on January 18:

  • Compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools
  • Temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools 
  • Ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers 
  • Enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.
  • Avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy 
  • Availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities
  • Adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/ approved by the PTF from time to time.

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