FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Unity Schools On October 12

Remember that schools were closed down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in March,The Federal Government had on Friday, announced that  Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria, as well as Federal Government Colleges, otherwise known as Unity Schools, will reopen on October 12th for the continuation of academic activities.

State and Private universities are also expected to decide on their resumption date and resume accordingly.

FG Approves Reopening Of Universities, Polytechnics, Unity Schools On October 12

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, addressing a press conference in Abuja, said the decision to reopen the schools was due to the fall in the COVID-19 cases across the country.

He said: “We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector including the Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, State Governors, Commissioners of Education and other development partners on the matter and secured their support and cooperation.”

He cautioned schools to abide by the COVID-19 protocol put in place to ensure that students are safe and their health not at risk.

Adamu added: “Safe distancing procedures should be regularly practiced. Additionally, schools should develop and display simple context-specific reference protocols on day to day actions to be operated in each school.

“Conduct risk assessment with a view to understanding the gaps in the system that could increase the risk of transmission, and make recommendations for addressing the gaps. There should be adequate sensitization and monitoring procedures.”

The Minister strongly encouraged the availability of water, sanitation facilities across the schools, and the use of open spaces for gathering and promoting outdoor activities.

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