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Schools’ resumption: FG worried about safety

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… Lagos plans gradual reopening of tertiary institutions

ALL is not set for the reopening of schools nationwide as Federal Government says it is still evaluating safety of citizens should schools be fully reopened.

  The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 held with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health media in Abuja yesterday, expressed doubt on the readiness of schools to reopen.

  “At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.”

  Nwajiuba stated that the ministry of education was still evaluating if it is safe to reopen schools for academic activities

  According to Nwajiuba, the federal government is not convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.

  The federal government said schools remain a place for the transmission of COVID-19.

  He noted that the Ministry of Education was still evaluating to find out if it is safe to reopen schools.

  “Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.” Nwajiuba stated.

  He emphasised that the education ministry would evaluate the level of compliance by academic facilities, adding that opinions of experts that schools remain a suspect place for the transmission of COVID-19 should be taken into account.

  According to him, “that was why the government is trying to make school reopening safe.”

  Meanwhile, Lagos State government has revealed it will step back on its plans to reopen schools.

  The Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tokunbo Wahab, said that tertiary schools resumption will take a phased format.

  Wahab maintained that final-year students of tertiary institutions will resume first to enable them to write exams and submit projects.

  He explained that this category of students who have been receiving lectures online will return to their campuses, take their revision and then write examinations and projects before others will begin to resume.

  “For our tertiary institutions, we are going to start with the final year students across our tertiary institutions from the 14th of September. With those final year students, we are sure that they are older, they are more mature, and they are going to meet up with the protocol as put in place by the institutions.”

  He emphasised that the government, in line with stipulated health protocols, will not allow all students to return to their schools at the same time, adding that the formula will be used for secondary students.

  “For our secondary, from the 21st of September, they are also going to have a phased resumption.”

  According to the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, all tertiary schools in the state will resume on Monday, September 14.

  Akosile, in a tweet disclosed that both primary and secondary schools will tentatively be reopened while bars, lounges, spas and night clubs would remain closed throughout the state for now.

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