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VARSITIES RESUMPTION DATE TO BE CONFIRMED SAY NUC [UPDATED]

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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. 

 
To this end, the Commission said it has begun retrieving data forms earlier dispatched to institutions requesting that they confirm if they have done all that was requested of them as regards COVID-19 safety protocols and also indicate their readiness for the reopening of campuses.
 
The forms, as gathered, was dispatched to institutions few weeks ago by NUC, directing them on things to do regarding COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of planned reopening of campuses which have been shut since March due to COVID-19 outbreak.
 
NUC spokesman, Ibrahim Yakassai, could not be reached to speak on compliance level and other details, but a source at NUC told Daily Sun that the institutions have begun to return the forms, with mostly private institutions showing clear evidences that they have done the needful as regards COVID-19 protocol and ready for reopening of institutions.
 
The source, however, reported unimpressive turn up of public institutions with what was being requested, which might affect the speed at which decision to reopen the institutions could be taken, to allow students continue their academic and non academic programmes.
 
The source said: “Many of the private institutions have done what was expected of them to do as regards COVID-19 safety protocols with evidences to back up their claims. The aim is that afterwards, the report collated would be communicated to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 through the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, for decision to be taken.”
 
The source could not provide possible date for reopening of university campuses, but was optimistic that schools would be reopened as soon as management of the institutions could guarantee safety of students in the campuses.
 
Meanwhile, the spokesman of NUC, Ibrahim Yakasai, could not respond to several calls to his phone, neither was he able to respond to text message sent to his phone for number of universities that have complied with the directive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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: sbramon2001@yahoo.com, remibiodun2000@yahoo.com and cjmaiyaki@gmail.com.

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.
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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.”

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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.

 

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