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FG Releases Another Guidelines for School Reopening

The Federal Government has released guidelines against the proposed date for schools resumption.

The guidelines contains the necessities, materials and all needed to be provided mad ensured by the schools before attempting to reopen

The guidelines further states that all schools all over the country should ensure social distancing as of 2metres between the pupils.

The guidelines was authorised by the minister for education; Adamu Adamu and also in collaboration and support of Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health and health safety experts in the country.

The document states,

“However, there are exceptions where the two-meter rule cannot be reasonably applied and other risk mitigation strategies may be adopted. Examples include early years, younger primary school children, and those with additional needs.”

“In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel in mind. The scenarios require organizing learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the risk mitigation strategies. The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise.”

With the release of the document, the government would conduct a rapid assessment and determine funding requirement for upgrading infrastructure and facilities (such as classrooms, furniture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH and ICT facilities) to meet and sustain prescribed safe school reopening requirements.

The government said it was time for it to plan and address the eventual safe reopening of schools and learning facilities.

The guidelines included a review of existing policies, practices, and risk mitigation strategies in the use of schools for other purposes, such as distance learn-ing centres, temporary shelters, isolation, quarantine and treatment centres, markets, voting centres, among others.

“COVID – 19 pandemic poses an enormous risk to the health and safety of learners, teachers, parents, school administrators, education practitioners, and the wider community…More than 1.5 billion children and young people globally have been affected by school and university closures.

Adamu expressed that the need to develop the guidelines became important, “given that COVID – 19 may be with us for a while.”

He said the guidelines also highlight the urgent need to maintain and improve upon distance-learning programs.

The Minister added that;

“Our aim is to identify and strengthen programmes that will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps resulting from the pandemic.”

“The guidelines were drafted in close coordination with health, environmental, education, and school safety experts who were tasked with the responsibility of charting a pathway for safely reopening our schools and learning facilities for quality teaching and learning.”

The approach, according to him, ensured that stakeholders provided regular feedback throughout the process.

Adamu expressed gratitude to the Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19, FMoH, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Education in Emergencies Working Group in Nigeria for their support and contribution in the development of the guidelines.

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