Breaking: FG Approves Full Reopening Of Schools

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The Federal Government (FG), on Thursday, approved the full reopening of daycare, nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country.

Speaking on Thursday, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, said the task force recommends phased return of students to classrooms.

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, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness.

“Meanwhile, all daycares and educational institutions are 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.”

In a tweet, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, while confirming the development, wrote, “For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase, the Presidential Task Force on COVID–19 has disclosed.”

The FG on Thursday, announced the next phase of easing of the lockdown that was imposed in March.

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