The Federal Government has given Private school owners in the country July 29 2020 as deadline to meet specific safety guidelines on the mitigation of the spread of Corona virus set out by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the director of Information, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong.
According to him, the minister of state for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in his office in Abuja, said the ministry, having consulted widely, has in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control,(NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group, developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools
Nwajuiba urged schools to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to state ministries of education, not later than 29 July, 2020.
“Thereafter, consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.
“A copy of the summary of the guidelines is attached. Furthermore, the minister said, having taken the painful but necessary decision not to reopen schools without necessary preparations to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism to assess and monitor compliance shall be put in place.
“Since Tuesday last week, we have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including commissioners of education in all the states of the federation, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria,(APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools,(NAPPS), provosts of colleges of education, rectors of polytechnics, Vice Chancellors of Universities, some State Governors, and development partners.”