FG FIX Resumption Date for schools Nationwide
The House of Representatives’ Committee on Basic Education and Services has called for postponement of reopening of schools across the country by three months, as part of efforts aimed at ensuring adequate compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. The Committee in a statement titled: ‘School resumption: Are we truly prepared?’ signed by its chairman, Hon. Julius Ihonvbere which received with some concern the decision of the Federal Government to reopen schools on January 18, 2021, however called for additional three months to enable subnational governments and private schools to put necessary measures in place.
Our position is that in spite of the very comprehensive protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education, not up to 10 percent of our educational institutions have implemented five percent of the protocols.
“In most of our primary and secondary schools nationwide, adequate furniture, water and other sanitation and hygiene facilities do not exit. Many poor parents would require support with facemasks and sanitizers for their children. We have not heard of how this would be addressed.
“We doubt that teachers, instructors and school managers have been adequately trained and prepared to handle Covid-19 safety protocols. We also know that adequate funds have not been provided to schools to cope with demands that accompany the new normal.
“We would like to challenge the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools and not just take words of state and local authorities as given. “The lives of our children are worth much more than the interests and comfort of any politician or bureaucrat.
It is only after a minimum 75 per cent nationwide compliance that we can seriously talk about reopening schools. “Given that in primary and secondary schools in particular, there are no facilities for effective social distancing in the classrooms, part of the compliance requirements must be the introduction of morning and afternoon batches into the schools when they reopen to reduce overcrowding.
“Special cleaning crews with sufficient sanitizers must be deployed to the classrooms before and after each stream. Hand washing before entering the classroom and use of sanitizer once seated must be made mandatory.
Information reaching us from our informant umerah rapheal has it that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Tuesday, said schools in the country will resume on January 18 until the Ministry of Education announces further directive.
PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, stated this while featuring on a television programme
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on Monday, said the Federal Government would review the January 18 earlier date fixed for resumption of schools across Nigeria.
The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country.
Speaking further on the issue on Tuesday, the PTF coordinator said the minister did not say the date has been changed.
Aliyu said, “As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date. He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.
“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”
Recalled that on September 18th 2020 bootinfos reported that the ministry of Basic And secondary education has fix resumption date for primary And secondary schools across the nation.
He went further to state that During the PTF briefing yesterday, being 17th September 2020 in Abuja, it was announced that Federal Institutions can go ahead to resume only when and if they are certified by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
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Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who spoke on Monday during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, said the state governments making move to reopen schools were in tune with the directive last week by the PTF that states and other stakeholders should prepare for the full reopening of schools.
He, however, said the universities need to get clearance from the National Universities Commission (NUC) before reopening.
Nwajiuba was reacting to a question about some state governments that have already announced full reopening of primary and secondary schools effective from September 21.
He, however, did not give specific date for full reopening schools nationwide, noting that primary and secondary education were within the purview of the state governments and that the right thing must be done to safeguard the lives of the school children before reopening.
He said: “All primary schools up to post-primary schools have the participation of sub-nationals and at that level, they need to check and meet all the requirements before they open. FG FIX Resumption Date for schools Nationwide
“But at the tertiary level, that guidance will also be done in collaboration with the National Universities Commission so that it will give clearance that we are satisfied with your performance with regard to the guideline.
“What we are doing is that we are reducing this whole gamut of document into some measurable steps towards reopening. What that means is that governing council of each institution will then review the guideline and benchmark it.
“You may have heard several states taking steps around reopening, they are all in order. This is what is expected from what the PTF said last week and following the guideline everybody will now begin the processes of reopening.
“However, they must be guided because in every state we have quality assurance officers that are reporting to the Federal Ministry of Education and we will not hesitate to shut down any place that is not in compliance with guidelines.”
Recalled that last week bootinfos reported that the Federal Government says it has not come to a point where it is convinced that schools should be re-opened for academic exercise after their closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health. FG FIX Resumption Date for schools Nationwide
Responding to a question from Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, on school reopening. Nwajiuba said the federal government is still evaluating the situation.
“At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.
“Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.
“We are going round to see the level of compliance but most importantly we are waiting to get an update on all the facilities in every part of Nigeria:
“So, it is a work in progress,” he said.
The minister said the government strongly believed in the opinions of experts that 15 per cent of transmission of the pandemic is from school environment and that was why they proposed remodeling of classes.
We believe the experts that the school system is a suspect place for transmission and that is why we are working with them, particularly on guidelines.
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have expressed concern that low testing for COVID-19 in some states will hamper the reopening of schools, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps and the holding of elections.
In a communique signed by NGF Chairman/Ekiti Stae Governor Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman of the NGF Sub-Committee interfacing with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in his update, highlighted the importance of continued and increased testing in all States as the economy opens.
He called on States to take ownership of the COVID-19 response, especially with the expected winding of the PTF by the end of September. Low testing rates at any time will make it difficult to track the correct status of the pandemic in the country thus making it difficult to make important decisions like opening of schools, NYSC camps, holding elections.
The Forum through its Sub-Committee interfacing with the PTF on COVID-19 assured that it will address concerns raised by States on the reception of new inmates amidst measures taken to curtail the spread of COVID-19 across correctional facilities in the country.
Recalled that bootinfos reported that The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says the discussion is still ongoing on school resumption.
Nwajiuba said this during the Presidential Task Force on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) briefing on Monday in Abuja.
While answering a question on possible reopening of schools, the minister said that discussion on it was still going on.
He said, “On resumption of schools, the discussion is still ongoing.
We have received feedback from all universities on their states of preparedness.
“These are being tabled before the PTF.”
Recalled that bootinfos reported that Ogun , Katsina, Bauchi , Enugu , Sokoto, Gombe and Ekiti on Sunday ruled out full reopening of schools , including tertiary institutions, despite the success recorded so far in the fight against COVID- 19 .
The 7-states government have said it would avoid taking an uninformed decision to reopen schools because Lagos State had made the announcement to reopen schools .
Recalled that bootinfos report that The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption even though the Federal Government had continued to engage stakeholders.
Nwajiuba said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.
The minister, however, expressed optimism that the date for resumption was “around the corner”, adding, that “we are not going to be brandishing dates.”
He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education earlier in the day on the issue.
Nwajiuba said “about 78 privately-owned universities are insisting that they were ready for resumption” while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50”.
He said that after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.
The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Saturday, assured Nigerian students languishing at their homes that tertiary institutions across the country will reopen very soon.
Though he did not give a specific date for the re-opening, he said he would articulate the situation report from the National Universities Commission, NUC, and other regulatory bodies of various tertiary institutions and present to the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19 for evaluation.
Nwajiuba disclosed this during an NTA programme on ‘Nigeria Policy Brief on Education and COVID-19’, adding that he has received calls from private universities and public universities for reopening of tertiary institutions in the country.
“Tertiary institutions across the country will open very soon. Private universities have written us, requesting that they are allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. Vice-Chancellors have also requested that we allow them to reopen for their students in exit clauses.
We have also a lot of calls from bodies who want us to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, before reopening because some public schools which are not ASUU-prone want to take the advantage of the strike to move ahead, but that would destroy our public schools. So, we are working on all these calls.
“NUC would need to do its appraisals and bring it to me. We are waiting for the same from other tertiary institutions bodies so I can situate them and present the PTF on COVID-19. I can’t give the NUC a deadline on this because our job at the ministry is to wait for their inputs. This is not a political decision alone.
If you open the university system, you have opened the country. ASUU should call-off the strike because the issues they came on board with have been resolved, more or less. The body is making efforts to situate the visitation panel, though, that has to be gazetted and we are on it.
“The other request under the MoU which has not been done is the needs assessment but some of the projects have not been completed because many of the contractors didn’t finish the work they were asked to do. I Know ASUU is not recalcitrant because it is under pressure from the members too,” he said.
Information reaching us from our informant umerah Raphael has it that the video spreading on social media that the minister of education Mallam adamu Adamu has announce the resumption date for schools nationwide is fake.
At the time of writing this report no official date yet for school resumption date.
According to our informant umerah Raphael the video was edited voice by one blogger called samuel And also the September 7th 2020, was only announce by jamb as the date which schools across the nation are permitted to begin post utme screening not resumption date as been spread by blogs/bloggers. READ FULL DETAIL HERE
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The Federal Government has assured the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), that all schools in the country, including tertiary institutions, would reopened only when it is safe to do so.
According to our informant umerah rapheal this was disclose by the Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, gave this assurance Monday at the briefing of the Task Force.
NANS had two weeks ago, noted that though the pandemic hit many nations across the globe, Nigeria should take appropriate steps to remedy the situation and let the society run as seamless as possible.
He said: “Today, the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) examinations commenced all over the country, like in other West African States, and the PTF is happy to note the high level of compliance with the protocols for the re-opening of exit classes. It is in this light that we appreciate the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for the reopening of tertiary institutions. As a listening government, we wish to state that education is topmost on the priority list and the reopening of our institutions remain critical, within set safety parameters.”
Recalled that bootinfos reported that the federal government through the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba has said the decision on the full reopening of tertiary institutions and others, will be reached after the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 evaluates all the necessary data presented before it.
This is coming as the government has also said that 46 per cent of those that have tested positive to the pandemic in the country are the youths, just as only eight states of the federation and the FCT accounted for 70 per cent of the tests carried out so far, with Lagos State accounting for 25 per cent of the 70 per cent tests.
Nwajiuba made this clarification yesterday when the members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 addressed the media.
The minister said he held a meeting with some owners of private universities yesterday in relation to the reopening of the tertiary institutions.
We are working with science and data and when the country is ready to reopen,
I am almost confident that they would know as well as we do that the children need to go back to school as long as we are ready,” Nwajiuba said.
The eight states accounting for the 75 per cent COVID-19 tests alongside the FCT, include, Lagos, Kano, Plateau, Oyo, Kaduna, Edo, Ogun and Rivers.
The Federal Government has declared that daycare centres and educational institutions from primary to tertiary levels must remain shut to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, stated this during its briefing in Abuja.
According to him: “For community activities as it relates to daycare and primary schools, all daycare and primary schools are to remain closed till further evaluation.
“However, while primary schools must remain closed, registered pupils may proceed to take the National Common Entrance as soon as it is feasible, provided there is compliance with issued non-pharmaceutical guidelines
For secondary and tertiary institutions, these remain closed. However, we have made arrangements for exiting and graduating students in their final year of secondary school to partake in exams in line with guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Education.
“However, schools must comply with the six (6) recommended steps and required measures issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and which is available online.
Recalled that at the earlier hours of Thursday 6th August 2020 bootinfos reported that On the president directed the Ministry of Education to restructure the reopening of schools calendar.
This saw the ministry of education pushing the reopening of schools to January 2021 to safeguard learners and teachers from Corona virus.
However, the Senate Education Committee is pushing for the reopening of schools partially.
Under the chairperson, nominated senator, Hon. Alice Milgo, has tabled a motion asking the ministry of education to reopen schools in phases beginning September.
She stated that phased reopening will allow division of classrooms into smaller manageable groups.
She said that first priority to be given to the candidates including classes eight and form four students.
In report, lessons should cover similar topics including ways of preventing Corona virus and how to respond to emergencies. It further stated that all sporting activities and morning parades should be aborted. Learners and teachers should adhere to social distancing.
Washing of hands and and wearing of masks.
The committee also suggested that the ministry of education should involve other agencies like KDF and NYS to assist in supplying of water.
Further, the county Directors of Education should always ensure that schools meet the minimum health and safety measures to curb covid 19.
Should this pass, the teachers have no option but to go back to class. There has been criticism that teachers are paid for work not done.
According to our informant umerah Rapheal the PTF chairman said the total reopening of schools will be considered in its sixth interim report.
*- Boss Mustapha who is the PTF chairman, however, said the reopening of schools is still generating concern and great worry*
*- According to him, schools remain “veritable grounds” for transmission of Covid-19 infection*
The federal government said it is still worried over the reopening of schools as students in graduating classes are set to resume classes in preparation for the mandatory examinations.
Speaking during the presidential task force on Covid-19 briefing, Boss Mustapha, who is the chairman of the coronavirus response team, made this known in Abuja.
Mustapha said there is no iota of doubt that schools will greatly contribute to the community transmission of the infection when all students resume back to classes.
According to him, stakeholders in the education sector must ensure that the agreed safety measures are put in place and protocols strictly adhered to.
On total school reopening, Mustapha said the PTF will submit its sixth report to President Muhammadu Buhari and his approval will indicate what next in the fight against the Covid-19 crisis.
He also said that the response team will continue to guide the adoption of sector-specific guidelines and protocols and meet with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on elections scheduled to hold in some states amid coronavirus.
Recalled that bootinfos Reported that the Association of Operators of Private Colleges of Education in Nigeria (AOPCOEN), has appealed to the Federal government to reopen privately owned Colleges of Education for academic activities.
According to our informant umerah Rapheal this was contained in a letter written by the association to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, lamenting the effects of the pandemic
A copy of letter, jointly signed by its Chairman, Prof. David Bamigbose and Secretary, Malam Idris, dated Wednesday, July 29, was made available to our correspondent in Abeokuta on Tuesday They lamented that, the closure of schools had brought untold hardships on both academic and non- academic staff of the institutions.
AOPCOEN noted that, the reopening of their institutions would allow academics to contribute collectively to ongoing researches for solutions to the COVID -19 pandemic. The letter reads in parts, “Our staff and students have been subjected to untold hardships due to redundancy occasioned by the temporary closure. The popular adage says: “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.
We have always prided ourselves with consistence in our academics calendar which is one of the selling points of private colleges Education in Nigeria. “We have been seriously affected by the closure and an intervention by your office will allow us to redeem our academics calendar.
“I wish to assure the honorable Minister that private colleges of Education in Nigeria have studied the guidelines given by the Federal Ministry of Education, and we are ready to comply with all the requirements which is to the benefits of staff, students, visitors and all the stakeholder.
“All other health protocols as stipulated by World Heath Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Center for diseases Control (NCDC) will also be taken into consideration.”
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has directed all schools to communicate their specific reopening dates to parents and students to avoid chaos.
Ben Goong, the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, announced this in a statement at the end of a meeting of the Minister with Commissioners of Education in the 36 states.
Nwajiuba said all the 104 Unity Colleges were ready to reopen ahead of the August 4 reopening date for schools.
The minister lauded principals of Unity Colleges for the comprehensive preparation put in place for resumption.
He said the commissioners had reported varying degrees of preparation and readiness for reopening between August 4 and 10 in all schools within their jurisdictions.
The statement said: “From today, the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Permanent Secretary and Directors will embark on an assessment tour of all Unity Colleges to ascertain and confirm the reports they have received from the principals of Unity Colleges.
“Similarly, the Federal Education Quality Assurance Directors deployed to the states have been directed to monitor compliance in their respective states.
Honourable Commissioners from the states were enjoined to embark on assessment tours in their jurisdictions to ascertain the level of preparations for reopening.
“While most schools will reopen tomorrow, others will continue to fine tune their preparations in the coming days for reopening.”
The Minister urged all returning students to undergo temperature checks before being admitted into their schools.
– A meeting between the federal and state governments to discuss modalities for resumption of schools will hold next week Monday.
The invitation to the meeting expected to take place through zoom, read: “Invitation to a webinar consultative meeting between the FME and Hon Commissioners of Education. The PS, Federal Ministry of Education,Arc Sonny Echono, cordially invites Honourable Commissioners of education of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to a consultative meeting on the way forward towards reopening our schools.
“In particular, the agenda for a new schedule for WAEC, NECO, BECEC, the National Common entrance among other issues will be on the table.
FG FIX Resumption Date for schools Nationwide
” The meeting will hold on Monday next week at 11 am.
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has clarified the controversy surrounding the resumption of schools across the country.
According to the PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Federal Government has yet to approve the resumption of schools.
According to our informant umerah Rapheal this was disclose by Mustapha on Thursday in Abuja at the PTF briefing on COVID-19, days after the government said graduating students could resume classes in preparation for their examinations.
He said, ”For the avoidance of doubts, schools have not resumed. Only critical examination classes will be allowed to resume for those who need revision before examinations.
“As we have informed you, the Federal Ministry of Education will consult further with stakeholders before issuing guidelines that will lead to full resumption.”
“We appeal to Nigerians to continue to show understanding and to ensure that their wards take full advantage of electronic platforms provided for learning,” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) added.
He reminded Nigerians that the PTF had announced some limited measures for the education sector, although he insisted that it was still not safe to reopen schools.
The PTF chairman explained that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the resumption for graduating students in order not to truncate their progression.
He said the President approved that arrangements be made for them to resume for those who needed revision before the commencement of examinations.
Mustapha, however, decried that this aspect of the President’s approval had been subjected to several interpretations and misinterpretations
Federal Government is Planning Seriously to Reopen Schools but I Say Its Not The Right Time To Reopen Schools ~ Senator Shehu Sani Stated
Shehu Sani has stated that it is not the right time to reopen schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sani pointed out that the resumption of schools could expose students to health risks.
“We can make up for loss of time, not of life,” the former senator warned.
The federal Ministry of Education could not foresee or give any date when schools will be resuming in the country.
Nwajiuba said this while responding to newsmen during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday in Abuja.
The minister said, “The President actually addressed the issue of the opening of the economy gradually. Until that is done, we can’t foresee or immediately tell you when all the schools will be reopened.
It will not be proper for us to simply give you a date. It has to be in tandem with these opening terms.
We don’t want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on their own without the society.
“On the question of children promoting to the next class, those exams will happen when we are satisfied that the children have learnt what is enough for them to move.
For those who are in the exit classes of junior basic and senior secondary schools, we are preparing them and will continue to.
“This will go on until we are sure that they are equipped for the external examinations.
The West African Examinations Council has not cancelled their external exams. It was postponed indefinitely.
This indefinite nature is so that we can get a definite date.
Students will still have to go and take those exams when we are sure that we have taken good care of the pupils.”
Recalled that bootinfos reported that the NDCD has said that varsities polytechnic college of education will soon be re-open.
NO Official Date Yet For Resumption