Schools resume January 18 as FG bans assemblies, overcrowding

Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Government has stated that schools will resume on 18th January, 2021.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, reportedly stated this according to a statement signed by the Director, Press, and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, from the Federal Ministry of Education.

He noted that the decision to open schools on 18th was reached after consultations with relevant stakeholders.

“Sequel to the hint given during the press briefing on January 12, 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of January 18, 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation

“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18″ January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols.”

The Minister noted that schools must ensure compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers and workers, temperature checks and hand washing facilities must be at strategic locations in all schools.

“Ensure constant supply of water and sanitizers, enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days as well as avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy,” the statement said.

He further noted that all measures including non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures must be adhered to.

“These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.”

FG however banned overcrowding and large gatherings such as assemblies and visiting days.

Asked how the government intends to curtail further spread of the virus ahead of the planned resumption, the Minister said school authorities would be asked to ensure strict compliance with existing and fresh guidelines that would be released.

“We shall be warning stakeholders, particularly school authorities to ensure strict compliance with protocols.

“For instance, we will have no choice than to enforce compulsory use of face masks by teachers and students.

“We will also make it clear that we shall be reviewing the situation from time to time after resumption with a view to taking necessary decisions.”

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