After reaching consensus with governors, Commissioners and other stakeholders, the Federal Government has said that schools could resume on January 18.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, who confirmed this to The Nation, said the consensus was reached at a meeting between the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Commissioners of Education in Abuja.
He said: “We have had extensive discussions with state governors, proprietors of schools, labour /staff unions and students’ representatives. And the consensus is that we should reopen all schools.
“But the reopening of schools will be in compliance with COVID-19 protocols, especially strict adherence to non-pharmaceutical procedures.”
“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of Jan. 18, 2021 should remain.
“Parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including compulsory wearing of facemasks by all students, teachers and
workers in all schools, temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools.
“Also, they must ensure constant supply of water, hand sanitisers and enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.”