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July 13th Update: FG releases Fresh guidelines as it begins plans for schools’ resumption at all Level
We are pleased to inform you that the Federal Government has released guidelines for resumption of schools’ as they begin plans to resume schools.
The guidelines which was first published by Vanguard, was signed by by the Ministers of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba.
Summary of the Guidelines:
- Resumption will be in phases
- Recommends distance learning, satellite centres, online teachings, learning, others
- Also recommends staggered classes, attendance of pupils, students
- To fumigate schools, restructure classes in line with social distancing guideline
- Train teachers on hygiene, other safety measures
Though they said they are getting ready to resume schools’ again they didn’t mention the exact date for the resumption.
July 11th Update: Reps, Atiku reject FG’s suspension of school resumption
The House of Representatives has faulted the Federal Government’s decision to suspend the plan to partially reopen schools for pupils in final classes to take external examinations.
The Committee on Basic Education and Services criticized the decision to disallow Nigerian pupils from sitting for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination to be conducted by the West African Examinations Council for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Schools at all levels have been shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had earlier in June said the Federal Government, in what it called “safe reopening of schools,” had approved resumption of pupils in graduating classes, including Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and the Senior Secondary School 3.
Later, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, during the press briefing by the PTF announced that the 2020 WASSCE would hold between August 4 and September 5.
But the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday said all federal schools would remain closed until it was safe to reopen them.
Adamu also urged state governments that had announced schools resumption plans to rescind such.
Reacting to the development, chairman of the committee, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, however, expressed the displeasure of the lawmakers in a statement issued on Friday titled “WASSCE should not be cancelled.”
Ihonvbere said, “The House Committee on Basic Education and Services received with amazement, the announcement by the Minister of Education that Nigerian students would not be participating in the forthcoming WASSCE.
“He did not inform the country if this was in agreement with other West African leaders or in consultation with the examination bodies, the state governments and other stakeholders in the education sector.
“This sudden policy reversal is not good for the country. It is bound to create further confusion in the education sector, create disappointment and suspicion among parents, frustrate the students and show to our development partners and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations in the sector are only getting worse.
“The reversal also shows that our policymakers may just be adopting a laid-back approach to the need to confront the novel CoronaVirus rather than taking proactive and creative steps to manage and contain it.”
Ihonvbere stated that the committee disagreed with Adamu and “believes that a reconsideration is urgently needed to save our educational system.”
Also, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Friday called on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision that pupils cannot resume school or participate in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, Atiku, in a statement on Friday, indicated his disapproval “as a parent and investor in the education sector”, saying the policy of “unilaterally cancelling the WASSCE, which 1.5 million Nigerian youths take annually, is not in Nigeria’s best interest.”
The former Vice-President advised the Federal Government to adopt other strategies that enabled graduating pupils in senior secondary school to take the exam while warning that Nigerians could resort to crossing borders to sit the exam in neighbouring countries.
He said, “Rather than the cancellation, there are better ways to protect the health of Nigerians and prevent the pandemic from escalating. We could mobilise all available public and private infrastructures, including primary schools, stadia, and cinemas, for the examinations.”
July 8th Update: Federal Unity Schools won’t reopen soon ― Minister of Education
MINISTER of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that Nigerian Federal unity schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.
He appealed to States that have announced the resumption of school in their states to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardize the lives of the students, adding, “It is not safe to reopen schools now.”
July 7th Update: AHEAD OF RESUMPTION; DECONTAMINATION OF SCHOOLS START TUESDAY – FG
The Federal Government has announced that the decontamination of schools against the spread of COVID-19 in preparation for the resumption of class activities will begin on Tuesday.
The Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed this in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Mahmood also assured that it had enough hands on ground to carry out the disinfection exercise.
He said: “Earlier I told you that we have sat with the Ministry of Education and we have the list of all the schools that need to be disinfected before resumption.
“Well, what we plan to do now is to do (decontaminate) the centres that will be used.”
Speaking on why the process was delayed, the minister said it was intentional, as the plan was to ensure that the chemicals were effective enough when the schools resume.
“The delay is because it is better to disinfect and decontaminate within a short period of time, so that the kids will be going back into these classes when they have been freshly decontaminated.
“This is because the chemicals we use are chemicals that are not long lasting; they have short contact time to do their job.
“So, we will be getting this done before Monday when they (school children) will be back to use these classes,” he said.
He assured parents that the schools would be safe for learning activities.
“So, it is between tomorrow (Tuesday) and the rest of the week. We have enough teams and people that we will be engaged to get that done.
“Be rest assured that your kids will be returning to a safe environment when they resume,” he said.
Mahmood stressed that the decontamination exercise would be done across the country.
July 6th Update: Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 Students in Oyo State resumes school today 6th July
Students in primary six, JSS3 and SSS3 in Oyo State will today 6th July 2020 resume at their various schools.
Schools are billed to open for three hours, between the hour of 8 am and 12 noon, with students in boarding houses expected to have returned to their hostels on Sunday.
Recall Governor Seyi Makinde had on March 21, ordered the closure of all schools in the state.
Also, Assemblies are expected to be limited in schools such that there are two meters of physical distancing whenever the congregation of students and staff becomes necessary.
State Commissioner for Education, Science, and Technology, Mr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, had in a statement, on Sunday, assured that the state government had taken necessary steps to ensure safe resumption for students today.
He, however, sought the cooperation of parents by providing facemask for their children/wards on a daily basis.
Despite assurances of the state government, schools are being reopened amid fears of some parents and other stakeholders about the difficulty in students avoiding physical contact, the sustainability of asking students to wear a facemask for hours and days, and maintaining social distancing.
July 3rd Update: Lagos SSS3 students to resume August 3
The Lagos State Government has reopened schools for students in “transitional classes” from August 3.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made this known in a televised press briefing on Friday.
He, however, clarified that though schools would be reopened for the transitional classes on August 3, students in Senior Secondary School three and Technical School three would resume first.
He added that pupils in Junior Secondary School three students would resume in a week or two weeks after the SSS3 students’ resumption.
The governor asked school authorities in the transitional classes to ensure adequate preparation for resumption ahead of August 3.
He said, “Tertiary institutions will remain closed. We continue to support online teaching during this period. However, students in the transitional classes who have mandatory public examinations ahead of them will be permitted to resume for revision classes and examinations. The commencement date for this opening will be from August 3, 2020.
“All education establishments are to follow established public health guidelines and protocol for re-opening the schools for these categories of students.”
While making further clarification, the governor added, “SSS three and TEC three students are to start; for JSS3 we will wait for another one week or two before resumption. This permitted opening will for only day schooling. No boarding activities are permitted during this time.
“School Authorities are expected to spend the period between now and the day of re-opening to put in place infrastructure, protocols, and essential items required to comply with all hygiene, safety, and physical distancing requirements.”
The governor also noted that Primary Six pupils would be graded by their already recorded Continuous Assessment to pass over to secondary schools.
July 1st Update: No plan to reopen tertiary institutions, says PTF
Hope of tertiary institution students returning to school soon was dashed yesterday, when the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 confirmed that there was no plan yet to reopen tertiary institutions.
National Coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in a radio interview, said the PTF was, at the moment, concerned with measures that would flatten the curve and contain community transmission.
“We know that schools, together with restaurants, bars and other entrainment activities could encourage community transmission of the dreaded CoronaVirus, hence the reason we were not in hurry to reopen them.
“However, we have taken pragmatic measures to ensure we do not lose a whole year in terms of primary to secondary school transition, hence the president’s approval for schools to reopen so that exiting students could return to school and write their examinations some of which are regional.
“Summarily, there is no plan to reopen tertiary institutions until we get to the top of the numbers and also see clearly that we are making significant progress in terms of flattening the curve.”
Source: The Sun Newspaper
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June 24th Update: FG submits school reopening proposal to National Assembly
The Federal Ministry of Education has presented to the National Assembly a detailed proposal on its plan to reopen schools across the country.
The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
He was in the upper chamber to brief the federal lawmakers about his ministry’s plans for pupils who had been forced to stay at home following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nwajiuba refused to give details of the proposal, saying some people would misconstrue it as the ministry’s guidelines for schools reopening.
He said, “Children are asymptomatic carriers. Nobody can prove whether they can infect each others. Not even the health experts. Everything we know about it is what we read. There is nothing we discovered on our own.
“In the document we have provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.
“We don’t want to make it (proposal) known at this period so that some people will not take our proposal for the guidelines for schools reopening.
“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders”
JUNE 16th Update: FG lists conditions for reopening schools, varsities
The Federal Government through the Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has released 6 conditions for resuming schools.
The conditions eh, no be hear o. But let’s leave you to check it out and share your opinion with us in the comment section.
Below are the Six (6) conditions for reopening of schools:
All Institutions must have
- Hand-washing facilities,
- Body temperature checks
- Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hostels, classes, offices, etc.
- The whole premises of each institution must be decontaminated and
- All efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene
- Ensure Social] Physical Distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces.
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UPDATE (16th June): What Should happen if Schools must Resume (Reopen)
Since the month of March, Nigeria, like the rest of the world, has been in one form of lock down or another. The good news however, is that the world is gradually returning to the new normal i.e. a new way of life.
In the meantime, educators across Nigeria as well as other parts of Africa, and the rest of the world, are asking: “When will schools re-open?” “Are we going to allow our schools run like they use to do.”
In some parts of the world, schools have already resumed, but many are asking if the social distancing arrangement will succeed in a class of 39 or in some cases, a class of 70 to 80 pupils.
Be that as it may, school owners feel the need to open the gates to allow students return. Parents now understand what teachers pass through every day, and are ready to rush their children back to school.
But for schools to re-open, some steps should be taken, so that community spread of the virus, will not destroy more lives, especially those of our children.
All pupils and students should undergo a compulsory Covid-19 test, at least, two weeks before schools resume. Every pupil should be issued a certificate, after testing, and, this should be made available to the school authorities, before the pupil is allowed to resume classes.
The Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) officials, should supervise the compulsory fumigation of public and private school premises, and a Certificate of Inspection issued to the school.
All teachers and non-academic staff, should equally be subjected to appropriate testing and certified ‘fit’ to come to school to handle other people’s children.
There should be a collaboration between the NCDC and the Ministry of Health. This should allow the NCDC keep a record of all the schools that they have verified fit for resumption as well as make same certification, available to the ministry of education, to enable the ministry of education, sanction and or shut down any defaulting school.
All school medical personnel, from the school doctor, to the school nurses and even janitors, working directly at the sick bay, should be given mandatory training on pandemic management, to enable them administer
We need to be pro-active henceforth in handling the education industry in Nigeria. By so doing, we will be able to steadily raise the bar for our teachers and students, as well as continue to aim at our goal of building a 21st Century nation.
Source: The Nation Newspaper
UPDATE 16 (11th June): Why schools can’t reopen now, by PTF
The Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19 has explained why schools cannot reopen now.
It said the decision was part of measures being taken to protect vulnerable Nigerians who may have some underlying infections.
National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said the decision to restrict gathering in churches and mosque was informed by the fact that most of those who go there are within vulnerable Nigerians who may have underlying illnesses.
He said the PTF was working closely with the Ministry of Education to work out a resumption plan for schools in view of the fact that majority of students may be living with the vulnerable group of Nigerians they were striving to protect.
He said that the plan may be to allow those who were supposed to write examinations to do so saying “we don’t want what has happened to affect the next academic session”.
He said 20 percent of Nigerian have underlying infections, adding the government has a responsibility to protect them against infection, hence the suggestion by government for people to stay at home.
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But wait do you know?
Some schools like Rivers State University, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Anchor University, among others have already embarrassed the e-learning (ie virtual/online learning). Hopefully some other schools will join soon.
But some critics says the rise of online (virtual) learning will pose a threat to students who can’t afford buying MOBILE DATA. Some thinks there will be a lot of loopholes in the teaching as some lecturers/teachers are not computer literate.
While the debate is on, what do you think? Do you want all Schools to embrace the e-learning? DO you think this is the best thing we need this period.
And yes if you have any question, please feel free to use the comment box below to ask us and we will be very very pleased to answer them.