State governments and private school administrators have been instructed by the Federal Government to make preparations towards the full reopening of schools across the country.
Schools across the federation have been under total shutdown following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The shutdown is part of control measures imposed to curtail the further spread of the lethal virus in the country.
Recall that graduating pupils have since been allowed to resume on August 4, 2020, to enable them partake in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.
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However, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, speaking during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, revealed that the task force has recommended a phased resumption of students.
Dr Aliyu said, “For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.
“However, strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess and create and monitor this level of preparedness.
“Meanwhile, all daycares and educational institutions to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed. And if there will be opening of schools, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”