The Federal Government has directed schools to resume January 18, 2021 after ending a meeting with the stakeholders.
The meeting includes the attendance of Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.
The Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, in a statement on Thursday, said:
“The consensus at the meeting was that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions ensure full compliance with Covid-19 protocols.”
“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.”
The meeting, however, insisted on the compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools.
Other measures arrived at during the meeting included compulsory temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools, ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers and enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.
The meeting also called for avoidance of 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.