Information reaching us from our informant umerah Rapheal has it that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has began the process of assessing the readiness of universities in the country ahead of possible reopening of campuses soon.
Information reaching us from our informant umerah Rapheal has it that the National Universities Commission(NUC) have send a memo to all higher institutions order them to download the template for the urgent generation of data/ information on the state of preparedness for a possible resumption of academic activities amid covid-19.
Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities will please recall that, as part of the measures to contain and prevent the spread of of the Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Education, ordered the immediate closure of all schools, including Universities on March 23rd, 2020. All schools has since remained closed, until the recent decision to allow only Exiting classes to resume to enable final year students to participate in the 2020 West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) including other examinations, to be conducted by NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS.
As Vice Chancellors are already aware, following the gradual easing of the restrictions as part of the management of the COVID-19, there have been several stakeholders consultations as well as meetings with the Honurable Minister of Education with the attendant clamour of concerned citizens for the reopening of Higher Educations (HEI’s) and resumption of academic activities. In the midst of all these, the Federal Ministry of Education had since developed and circulated Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities, to provide the required support for the safe reopening of schools and resumption of academic activities.
Cognisant however, of the peculiar circumstances and the distinct nature of the University sub-Sector, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has developed the attached template to generate data/information on the preparedness of Universities for possible reopening and resumption of academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The template also provides for data on physical facilities such as infrastructure for Digital Delivery, Lecture Theatres, Halls and Classrooms, Laboratories/Workshops/Studios; and students accommodation. The University is also expected to indicate the measures/strategies that have been put in place preparatory to a safe and hitch-free reopening of institutions, in readiness for the commencement of full academic activities. Such information when generated across the entire sub-sector, will provide the commission with a full picture of the challenges as well as guide policy options by Government.
I am to add that all duly completed templates are to be endorsed by the Vice Chancellor and submitted to the Executive Secretary’s Office within one week, while also using the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please accept the renewed assurances of the Executive Secretary’s highest regards.
Chris J. Maiyaki
Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office
For: Executive Secretary.
Executive Secretary said it will communicate the date of the opening of Varsities for the continuation of academic semester in due course.
We urge members of the public to desist from spreading false information about when schools will reopen. There is no truth to what has been circulated on social media about schools reopening on 4th May/September. Please ignore it.”
There has been an extensively deliberation between Us and the minister of education on preparations for the opening of schools he said.
The exact dates for the opening of varsities across the nation will be communicated at a later date he added.