Official Schools Resumption Date 2020 [36 States Nationwide]

COVID-19: See Official Resumption Dates for Nursery, Primary (Pri.), Secondary Schools (JSS & SS), Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education (COE's) in all the 36 States in Nigeria [Private and Public Schools and Institutions].

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  12. Yobe State Schools Resumption Date
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  14. Sokoto State Schools Resumption Date
  15. Rivers State Schools Resumption Date
  16. Plateau State Schools Resumption Date
  17. Oyo State Schools Resumption Date
  18. Osun State Schools Resumption Date
  19. Ondo State Schools Resumption Date
  20. Ogun State Schools Resumption Date
  21. Niger State Schools Resumption Date
  22. Nasarawa State Schools Resumption Date
  23. Lagos State Schools  Resumption Date
  24. Kwara State Schools Resumption Date
  25. Kogi State Schools Resumption Date
  26. Kebbi State Schools Resumption Date
  27. Katsina State Schools Resumption Date
  28. Kano State Schools Resumption Date
  29. Kaduna State Schools Resumption Date
  30. Jigawa State Schools Resumption Date
  31. Imo State Schools Resumption Date
  32. Gombe State Schools  Resumption Date
  33. Enugu State Schools Resumption Date
  34. Ekiti State Schools Resumption Date
  35. Edo State Schools Resumption Date
  36. Ebonyi State Schools Resumption Date
  37. Delta State Schools Resumption Date
  38. NMS Zaria Resumption Date
  39. Federal Unity Schools Resumption Date

Latest Update: (22nd September, 2020): NUC Issues Fresh Directives for the Safe Resumption of Universities for Academic Activities

All Tertiary Institutions, (Federal, State, Private Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education) have all been directed to reopen for academic activities nationwide.

Inability of some of State Government to announce reopening of schools in their various States and ASUU Strike will keep some students at home.

Official Schools Resumption Date 2020 [36 States Nationwide]

Official Schools Resumption Date 2020 [36 States Nationwide]
Meanwhile, the Commissioners of Education in the 19 Northern States, say they may reopen schools before October 30, but subject to approval of their respective state governors.

The commissioners made this known in a communique issued in Kaduna on Sunday, at the end of a two-day meeting on student exchange programme, school reopening and other matters held in Abuja.

The communique was signed by Dr Shehu Makarfi, Commissioner of Education, Kaduna State, who is also the Chairman of the northern states School Exchange Programme (SEP).

The meeting was attended by commissioners of 10 of the 19 northern states namely, Kaduna, Bauchi, Yobe, Plateau, Niger, Kogi Gombe, Taraba, Nassarawa and Plateau, while others sent their apologies.

“We have agreed to reopen schools as soon as possible, hopefully before Oct. 30, fully or in phases, but subject to the approval of our respective governors.

“Some states have already reopened fully while others opened partially since Sept. 14, so we are looking at the possibilities of reopening as soon as we get approvals.

“We therefore urge state governments, development partners, parents and relevant stakeholders to combine efforts in the provision of COVID-19 prevention facilities in schools to fast track reopening.

“The Federal Government should equally support states to meet the COVID-19 requirements for school reopening, as it did to other sectors,” they said.


LATEST UPDATE: (19th September, 2020): FINALLY! Federal Government (FG) Authorizes State Governments to Announce Resumption Dates (Federal Schools Resumption Dates Not Yet Approved).

In its effort toward reopening schools, the federal government said it has given state governments the consent to decide resumption dates in their states.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this during the presidential briefing Thursday night.

Mr Nwajiuba said it is important for all governors to adhere to the safety guidelines for the reopening of schools.

We reported how the federal government in July released a guideline for the reopening of schools at every level in the country.

The report highlighted how the guidelines for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities after the COVID-19 pandemic outlined actions, measures, and requirements needed for resumption across the country.

According to Mr Nwajiuba, “It is no longer in our hands whether schools should open or not.

“It is the local authority there that decided when they are ready. Children are already known for low mortality rate. We believe that they might not necessarily be able to handle mask-wearing very well at that age. Make sure you cover and protect them very well. The guardian should respect the school’s new development,” he said.

He said the federal government will continue to work with state government to ensure that the protocols recommended for them were followed strictly.


LATEST UPDATE: (19th September, 2020): Federal Government (FG) Directs Schools to Conduct Weekly COVID-19 Assessment.


The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Federal Ministry of Education have directed schools to conduct periodic (weekly) risk assessments. This is to review the gaps that may exist in reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread in schools, and tailor interventions to address these gaps.

It was gathered that this was advised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,

Local governments and states were directed to conduct a monthly and quarterly COVID-19 risk assessment in schools respectively.

According to the NCDC, the assessment will determine schools’ level of compliance with safety protocols including physical distancing, hand-washing and the use of face masks, whose violation can put students at risk of COVID-19.across the country were shut in March as part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19.


LATEST UPDATE: (15th September, 2020): Federal Government (FG) Issues Stern Warning to State Governments Ahead of Full Resumption of Schools Nationwide.

The federal government has warned state governors ahead of the full reopening of schools. This is coming as a result of Some state governors directives for schools to resume Monday, September 21, as the resumption date for academic activities – Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education, made this known on Monday, September 14, in Abuja during the PTF on COVID-19 briefing ahead of the preparations for the resumption of primary and secondary schools across the country.

The federal government sent a fresh and stern warning to the state governments and the proprietors of private schools.

The federal government advised state governments to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic before the full resumption of schools.

It was also reported that the FG said it would not hesitate to close any school reopened without adherence to guidelines and protocols provided by the national response.

The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said that the state governments making move to reopen schools were in tune with the directive by the PTF that states and other stakeholders should prepare for the full resumption of schools.

The minister, however, said the universities need to get clearance from the National Universities Commission (NUC) before reopening.

The minister, who was reacting to a question about some state governments that have already announced the full reopening of primary and secondary schools effective from September 21, did not give a specific date for full nationwide resumption.

He noted that primary and secondary education was within the purview of the state governments and that the right thing must be done to safeguard the lives of the school children before reopening.

He said: “All primary schools up to post-primary schools have the participation of sub-national and at that level, they need to check and meet all the requirements before they open. “But at the tertiary level, that guidance will also be done in collaboration with the National Universities Commission so that it will give clearance that we are satisfied with your performance with regard to the guideline.

“What we are doing is that we are reducing this whole gamut of the document into some measurable steps towards reopening. What that means is that the governing council of each institution will then review the guideline and benchmark it.

“You may have heard several states taking steps around reopening, they are all in order. This is what is expected from what the PTF said last week and following the guideline, everybody will now begin the processes of reopening.

“However, they must be guided because in every state we have quality assurance officers that are reporting to the federal ministry of education and we will not hesitate to shut down any place that is not in compliance with guidelines.”


LATEST UPDATE: (11th September, 2020): Federal Government (FG) is Yet to Announce an Official Resumption Date of Schools Nationwide, Says its Still Evaluating and a Work in Progress.

The Federal Government says it has not come to a point where it is convinced that schools should be re-opened for academic exercise after their closure due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was presided over by the Minister of Information and Culture on behalf of the Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The meeting was to seek the support of the traditional rulers towards preventing community spread of COVID-19. Responding to a question from Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, on school reopening. Nwajiuba said the federal government is still evaluating the situation.

“At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably.

“Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.

“We are going round to see the level of compliance but most importantly we are waiting to get an update on all the facilities in every part of Nigeria:

“So, it is a work in progress,” he said. The minister said the government strongly believed in the opinions of experts that 15 per cent of transmission of the pandemic is from school environment and that was why they proposed remodeling of classes.

“We believe the experts that the school system is a suspect place for transmission and that is why we are working with them, particularly on guidelines.

“We are suggesting that classes be remodeled if there are no enough classrooms for social distancing, “We can do tier system, some can come in the morning, may be the junior classes and the senior classes can come in the afternoon.

“We are also working out guidelines such as washing of hands because school must go on at one point,” he said.

The minister said they experimented the system in the past weeks during the West African School Certificate Examinations and the Joint Admission Matriculation Examination.

“We are lucky thus far because we only recorded an incident in Gombe where a child contacted COVID-19.

“We quickly isolated him and he recovered in time to join the class back. “But that showed that these places are sources of spread,” he said.

Nwajuba underscored the need to collaborate with the states for a seamless and safe reopening of schools, particularly at the primary level.

He said the states were trying to look at their peculiar situation using the national guidelines. The minister stressed the need for the collaboration of the monarchs to prevent community spread of the pandemic.

LATEST UPDATE: (7th September, 2020): Ogun State Announces 21st September, 2020 Resumption Date for Both Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Instituions, Grants Automatic Promotion for Students in Final Year. 

All students except those in tertiary institutions have been given an automatic promotion to the next class by the Ogun State Government which announced September 21 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

This is in addition to the earlier resumption of students in exit classes.

According to Mr Somorin, the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, approved the reopening of schools for all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions.

He noted that a resumption schedule for public schools has been developed as part of efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines.

Students in primary one to three will attend classes from 8.00 am to 11.00 am, while pupils in primary four to six will learn from 12 noon to 3:00 pm.

In secondary schools, students in JSS 1 to JSS 3 are to attend classes from 8.00 am to 11.00 am and students in senior classes will be in school from mid-day through to 3:00 pm.

However, the CPS noted that technical and vocational colleges will operate their normal school hours of 8.00 am to 2.00 pm, while tertiary institutions are “allowed to commence reopening from 21 September 2020 as may be determined by their respective management.”

The Governor’s spokesman added that private schools are expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements.

He stated that students between the ages of 3 to 5 will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.

“It should be noted that the government had earlier announced that all students had been given an automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.

“However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the State-owned Boarding Schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September 2020,” the statement read in part.

“The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October 2020.”

Mr Somorin noted that part of the COVID-19 guidelines issued for reopening of schools is still in effect because the management of the virus has been deliberate in ensuring safety for children while minimising the disruption in the school learning calendar.

Read Full Statement Here: Ogun State Schools Resumption Date 2020/2021 [Pri. & Sec. Schools].

LATEST UPDATE: (4th September, 2020): FG Directs National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to Start Making Preparations for Safe Resumption of Orientation Camps Nationwide.

The Federal Government directed that the National Youth Service Corps should start making preparations to reopen its orientation camps nationwide. 


According to the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, the NYSC is to consolidate on safety measures currently being put in place and start preparing for the reopening of orientation camps when educational institutions open.

He made this known during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, adding that the task force was in the process of developing “strict guidelines” to forestall the outbreak of infections when NYSC camps reopen.

Recall that NYSC orientation camps across the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. 


LATEST UPDATE: (3rd September, 2020): FG Directs State Government and School Administrators to Start Making Preparation for Resumption of Schools Nationwide.

The Federal Government has stated that state governments and school administrators can start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country. This was made known by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja,.

According to Aliyu, educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.

He said the states should conduct a 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; adding that 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.” He stated.


LATEST UPDATE: (31st August, 2020): Ogun, Katsina, Bauchi, Enugu, Sokoto, Gombe and Ekiti Says they are Not yet ready to Announce a Resumption Date. 

States including Ogun, Katsina, Bauchi, Enugu, Sokoto, Gombe and   Ekiti on Sunday ruled out full reopening of schools, including tertiary institutions, despite the success recorded so far in the fight against  COVID-19.

Officials of the state governments, in separate interviews with our correspondents, said they would not follow the Lagos State example.

Recall that schools in the country were closed in March as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But Senior Secondary School 3 students were called back on August 4 to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, which started on August 17.

No fewer than 53,727 cases had  been confirmed in the country as of August 29.

Lagos had recorded 18, 104 cases; the Federal Capital Territory, 5,149 cases and Oyo State, 3,107 cases. Also, Kano State had also record 1,725 cases as of August 29.

On Saturday, Lagos State, which was the epicentre of the virus until a few weeks ago, said its schools would resume in September.

The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this, said higher institutions would resume on September  14, while the resumption date for primary and secondary schools was tentatively fixed for September 21.

He said the decision was informed by the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the  state.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had on Thursday said coronavirus epicentre had shifted from Lagos State to Plateau State.

We are not in  a hurry, we will wait for FG’s directive – Ogun

On Sunday, the Ogun State Government said it was not in a hurry to reopen tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools.

The government said it would avoid taking an uninformed decision to reopen schools because Lagos State had made the announcement to reopen schools.

The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Communications, Remmy Hazzan, in an interview, said the state government shut the schools based on the Federal Government’s order and would reverse the order based on the same method.

He said “We will look at the various database and use empirical data available.

“The indicator that will determine when we are going to open depends majorly on the Federal Government`s readiness to reverse the order so that we will not be seen as a state that is anti-Federal Government.

“That is on one side. The second one is that even at that we will still rely on empirical data that science provides to guarantee the safety of our children when they return to school. So the fact that Lagos has done it  is not  an indicator that we have to be in a hurry to do it.”

We won’t follow anybody’s timetable – Ekiti  coordinator

On his part, the Coordinator of the Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Task Force, Prof Bolaji Aluko, said the state government would observe happenings in the secondary schools.

Aluko said, “We won’t follow any person’s timetable. We want to see  events after the WASSCE and the JSSCE, whether students got sick, whether teachers got sick. So far, we have not seen any breakdown of students or teachers falling ill. We are still studying them. If there is no outbreak of illness, then we may start the schools.

“But for now, we have not decided. We have not known the basis for the directive in Lagos State. But there is the possibility that our tertiary institutions resume this year. I think secondary schools also, before the end of the year. I have asked around, we have not seen any hot spot of COVID-19 as far as the ongoing examinations are concerned.”

The Enugu State Government also said it was in contact with the Federal Ministry of Education, saying there were no plans to reopen schools yet.

The state Commissioner of Education, Prof. Uche Eze, stated this in a reply to The PUNCH’s inquiries about the state’s plans for school resumption.

He stated, “No decision to that effect yet. We are in close touch with the Federal Ministry of Education.”

Bauchi doesn’t follow Lagos example – Commissioner
In his  response to an SMS sent to him,  the Bauchi State Commissioner of Education, Dr Aliyu Tilde,  said, “Bauchi does not follow Lagos. We will open when we are ready.”

In Katsina State, the Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Education, Mallam Salisu Kerau,  said there was no notice yet on resumption of schools in the state.

“No notice yet on resumption of schools and higher institutions in the state. The public will be duly informed when they are to be reopened,” he said.

We can’t reopen schools if there is no safety – Gombe commissioner

Also, the Gombe sSate Commissioner for Higher Education Dr. Meshack Audu, in an interview with  one of our correspondents, said, “No specific date at the moment, but we are monitoring the situation. Government is not happy that students have stayed at home this long. Government is doing everything possible to ensure their safe return.

“The safety of these students matters most because only the living reads; only the living goes to school. If there is no safety in the schools,  we can’t reopen.”

The Permanent Secretary in the Sokoto state Ministry for Higher Education, Othman Ali, told one of  our correspondents that, “the decision on the likely date for the resumption of our tertiary schools will be decided by the task force  on COVID-19, constituted by the state government.”

On his part, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammed Inname,  revealed that the state task force on COVID-19 would come up with a position on tertiary schools` resumption in the state this week.

No new development, status quo remains – Minister

But the Minister of State for Education,  Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had in an interview with The PUNCH last week, said there was no new development on the reopening of schools, adding that the status quo remained.

He said, “If we have a new position on that, we will issue it.”


LATEST UPDATE: (29th August, 2020): Lagos State Announces Resumption Date for all Tertiary Institutions, Fixes September 14th, 2020 as Resumption Date for LASU, LASPOTECH, MOCPED & AOCOED.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed all tertiary institutions in the state to resume new academic sessions on September 14.

The Governor has also directed that primary and secondary schools will resume September 21, adding however that the date is tentative and subject to review.

Mr Sanwo Olu disclosed this at a briefing on Saturday.

The Governor’s media aide, Wale Ajetunmobi, also shared the information on his social media accounts.

Tertiary institutions as well as primary and secondary schools have been shut since March after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, this afternoon, directed all Lagos tertiary Institutions to re-open on September 14. Primary & secondary schools to remain shut till further notice,’ the statement reads.

‘Primary and secondary schools are also tentatively scheduled to re-open from September 21.

‘This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to review of our ongoing modelling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,’ Governor Sanwo-Olu said.


LATEST UPDATE: (28th August, 2020): FG Releases List of Universities Ready for Resumption - Resumption date for all schools in Nigeria will be Disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu before 7th, September 2020.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption even though the Federal Government had continued to engage stakeholders.

Nwajiuba said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

The minister, however, expressed optimism that the date for resumption was “around the corner”, adding, that “we are not going to be brandishing dates.”

He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education earlier in the day on the issue.

Nwajiuba said “about 78 privately-owned universities are insisting that they were ready for resumption” while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50”.

FG Releases List of Universities Ready for Resumption, some of the universities are;

1 Achievers University, Owo

2 Adeleke University, Ede

3 Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti - Ekiti State

4 African University of Science & Technology, Abuja

5 Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan

6 Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin

7 Al-Qalam University, Katsina

8 American University of Nigeria, Yola

9 Augustine University

10 Babcock University,Ilishan-Remo

11 Baze University

12 Bells University of Technology, Otta

13 Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

14 Bingham University, New Karu

15 Bowen University, Iwo

16 Caleb University, Lagos

17 Caritas University, Enugu

18 Chrisland University

19 Covenant University Ota

20 Crawford University Igbesa

21 Crescent University

22 Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo

23 Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin

24 Evangel University, Akaeze

25 Fountain Unveristy, Oshogbo

26 Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike - Enugu State

27 Gregory University, Uturu

28 Hallmark University, Ijebi Itele, Ogun

29 Hezekiah University, Umudi

30 Igbinedion University Okada

31 Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji

32 Kings University, Ode Omu

33 Kwararafa University, Wukari

34 Landmark University, Omu-Aran.

35 Lead City University, Ibadan

36 Madonna University, Okija

37 Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo

38 Micheal & Cecilia Ibru University

39 Mountain Top University

40 Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja

41 Novena University, Ogume

42 Obong University, Obong Ntak

43 Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu - Osun State

44 Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos

45 Paul University, Awka - Anambra State

46 Redeemer's University, Ede

47 Renaissance University, Enugu

48 Rhema University, Obeama-Asa - Rivers State

49 Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom

50 Salem University, Lokoja

51 Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa.

52 Southwestern University, Oku Owa

53 Summit University

54 Tansian University, Umunya

55 University of Mkar, Mkar

56 Veritas University, Abuja

57 Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa - Edo State

58 Wesley University. of Science & Technology, Ondo

59 Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State

60 Christopher University Mowe

61 Kola Daisi University Ibadan, Oyo State

62 Anchor University Ayobo Lagos State

63 Dominican University Ibadan Oyo State

64 Legacy University, Okija Anambra State

65 Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross river State

66 Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State

67 Coal City University Enugu State

68 Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State

69 Admiralty University, Ibusa Delta State

70 Spiritan University, Nneochi Abia State

71 Precious Cornerstone University, Oyo

72 PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Portharcourt

73 Atiba University Oyo

74 Eko University of Medical and Health Sciences

75 Skyline University, Kano

He said that after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.

The minister urged students of tertiary institutions protesting the continued closure of their schools to be a little more patient with the government.

In conclussion, resumption date for all schools in Nigeria will be disclosed by the Minister of  Education, Adamu Adamu before 7th, September 2020.


LATEST UPDATE: (22nd August, 2020): FG Assures all Students that Tertiary Institutions Resumption Date will be Announced Soon.

The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Saturday, assured Nigerian students languishing at their homes that tertiary institutions across the country will reopen very soon.

Though he did not give a specific date for the re-opening, he said he would articulate the situation report from the National Universities Commission, NUC, and other regulatory bodies of various tertiary institutions and present to the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19 for evaluation.

Nwajiuba disclosed this during an NTA programme on ‘Nigeria Policy Brief on Education and COVID-19’, adding that he has received calls from private universities and public universities for reopening of tertiary institutions in the country.

“Tertiary institutions across the country will open very soon. Private universities have written us, requesting that they are allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. Vice-Chancellors have also requested that we allow them to reopen for their students in exit clauses.

“We have also a lot of calls from bodies who want us to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, before reopening because some public schools which are not ASUU-prone want to take the advantage of the strike to move ahead, but that would destroy our public schools. So, we are working on all these calls.

“NUC would need to do its appraisals and bring it to me. We are waiting for the same from other tertiary institutions bodies so I can situate them and present the PTF on COVID-19. I can’t give the NUC a deadline on this because our job at the ministry is to wait for their inputs. This is not a political decision alone.

“If you open the university system, you have opened the country. ASUU should call-off the strike because the issues they came on board with have been resolved, more or less. The body is making efforts to situate the visitation panel, though, that has to be gazetted and we are on it.

The other request under the MoU which has not been done is the needs assessment but some of the projects have not been completed because many of the contractors didn’t finish the work they were asked to do. I Know ASUU is not recalcitrant because it is under pressure from the members too,” he said.


LATEST UPDATE: (19th August, 2020): FG Debunks Rumour of Resumption of Schools (Tertiary Institutions) on 7th of September, 2020.

LATEST UPDATE: (17th August, 2020): FG Discloses that Resumption for all Schools including Tertiary Institutions will be Announced when it is Safe to Do So.


The Federal Government has assured the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), that all schools in the country, including tertiary institutions, would reopened only when it is safe to do so.

The Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, gave this assurance Monday at the briefing of the Task Force.

NANS had two weeks ago, noted that though the pandemic hit many nations across the globe, Nigeria should take appropriate steps to remedy the situation and let the society run as seamless as possible.

He said: “Today, the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) examinations commenced all over the country, like in other West African States, and the PTF is happy to note the high level of compliance with the protocols for the re-opening of exit classes. 


It is in this light that we appreciate the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for the reopening of tertiary institutions. As a listening government, we wish to state that education is topmost on the priority list and the reopening of our institutions remain critical, within set safety parameters.”


LATEST UPDATE: (4th August, 2020): NUC Says Preparations are in Top Gear to enable the Resumption of all Universiities in the Country.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, Tuesday, said preparations were in top gear to reopen the nation’s universities after closure as a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.

To this end, the commission said it was collating data on the assessment of the level of preparedness by the various universities through their vice-chancellors to determine if the universities were safe for resumption to both academic and non-academic activities.

This was even as the commission said a total of 32 universities in the country were carrying out researches on solutions to the dreaded Coronavirus in the country.

NUC’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, speaking at a media briefing in Abuja, disclosed that so far, reasonable number of vice-chancellors have submitted their reports on the level of their readiness to the commission, saying once the process was concluded, it would make a statement either to direct universities to resume or otherwise. 

Rasheed, who spoke through the Deputy Executive Secretary, Academics, Dr. Suleiman Ramon Yusuf, at the briefing meant to showcase the ongoing contributions of Nigerian universities to the national response to COVID-19, however, regretted the expected resumption may be marred by a strike in public varsities even as he said efforts were on to looking for a permanent to the incessant industrial action in universities.

The commission, he was, was already working with universities in terms of what kind of preparation should be put in place before reopening.

“We have a template to vice-chancellors of all universities requesting them to suggest to us what kind of protocols and strategies are they putting in place in the various institutions. We are collating some of the responses which have already started coming in and at the end of the day the picture should emerge about the extent to which our universities are prepared to reopen for academic activities,” he said

Earlier, while speaking on the various contributions being made by Nigerian universities in coronavirus pandemic, Rasheed said over thirty-two universities in the country have so far involved in researches aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to him, a compendium put together by the commission showed Nigerian universities are making contributions, adding that the University of Jos, which he noted, was leading in herbal and natural product development, could do more if federal government release more funds to such institutions for research purposes.

“As in many other parts of the world, the pandemic has challenged our knowledge system, which has proved inadequate and insufficiently robust enough to respond to the challenges. Only a few institutions have been able to utilize open and distance learning systems to keep students engaged while the pandemic lasted and only a few laboratories continued with research and development activities.

“Nonetheless, the few who engaged in research and innovation work have demonstrated the need for a well-funded and robustly organized national research and innovation system to catalyse the national response,” he said.

According to him, “The performance of the African Centers of Excellence, particularly the Center for the Genomics of Infectious Diseases at the Redeemer’s University, Ede in Sequencing SARS-CoV-2 virus, the collaborative development of vaccines with the University of Cambridge and as a pioneer national testing and screening centre and the other ACES in ABU, BUK, UNILAG, UNIBEN, UNIPORT and UNIJOS that also served as national testing and screening centres have proved that world-class Research and Development work is possible in Nigeria.”

“They demonstrate how the Nigerian University System can be readily effective and relevant to national development if research is valued and adequately funded and the institutions provided with resources to motivate researchers and innovators, including students,” Rasheed further said.



LATEST UPDATE: (2nd August, 2020): NUC Begins Collation of Data to Access Level of Preparedness of all Universities Ahead of a Possible Resumption Date for all Tertiary Institutions Nationwide.

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: [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]


LATEST UPDATE 3: (29th July, 2020): FG Rolls Out Schedule for National Exams for all Students in Final Year / Exit Classes (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB AND NBAIS Exams).

The Federal Government has released a comprehensive schedule for various National Examinations for exit classes, spanning from 17th August to 18th November, 2020.

Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, who made the announcement today in Abuja after series of meetings with Chief Executives of examination bodies in the country said, the West African Examinations Council, (WAEC-SSCE) will start on the 17th of August, 2020 while the National Business and Technical Examination Board, (NABTEB) examinations will start on the 21st September and end by 15th October, 2020.

Other details of the schedule indicate that the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations, (SSCE) for SS3, conducted by NECO will start on the 5th of October and end on 18th of November, 2020.
The Basic Education Certificate Examinations, (BECE) for JSS 3 also conducted by NECO, will start on the 24th of August and end on the 7th of September, 2020.
Furthermore, the National Common Entrance Examination, (NCEE) which is a one-day NECO examination for intending applicants into Unity Colleges (JSS1) will run in-between the Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations i.e. on Saturday, 17th October, 2020.
Registration for the NECO (SSCE), which is on-going, will end on the 10th of September, 2020 and there shall be no extension for the registration whatsoever.
The statement further indicated that the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies, (NBAIS) examination will commence on Wednesday, 23rd September and end by 17th October, 2020.
The Minister therefore directed all examination bodies to release details of their examination timetables in the next seven days.
For the one - day National Common Entrance Examination conducted by NECO, it is compulsory for parents and pupils to wear face masks on the exam date, while also carrying along with them, alcohol-based sanitizers.


LATEST UPDATE 2: (29th July, 2020): Only SS3 Pupils are Allowed to Resume in Lagos and Ogun State .

ONLY pupils in Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 class will resume to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in Lagos and Ogun, the states said on Tuesday.

The Federal Government on Monday said the examination would begin on August 17 and that schools could reopen on August 4 so pupils could revise for two weeks.

Lagos State Commissioner for Education Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, and the Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, said schools in the states would only resume for Senior Secondary Three (SS3) pupils.

Ekiti Commissioner for Education Mr Foluso Daramola said SS3 pupils would resume, but that the state had not decided on whether Junior Secondary Three (JS3) pupils would also return.

“I am just coming from a meeting at the governor’s office on the issue. We will issue a statement on it,” she said.

Soyombo said schools considered to be high risk in Ogun would not be allowed to reopen.

Such schools, she said, would be identified through their responses in an online reopening form.

In the form, schools are given the options of “risky” (coded red), “moderate” (yellow) or “none” (green) in response to questions about their readiness for resumption.
Soyombo said schools have until Friday evening to submit the form, which can be downloaded from the ministry’s website.

She said: “For schools that fill mostly red (risky) in all the fields, we will not reopen them. We may need to do a contingency plan for their students.”

She said the state has met with stakeholders on the reopening, while risk assessment training has been conducted.

Soyombo said public schools in Ogun had been provided with water, soap and other facilities in line with the requirements for resumption.

Federal Government Colleges (unity schools) will resume on August 4 for SS3 pupils only.

Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Gong, said the Presidential Task Force (PTF) would announce on Thursday whether JSS3 pupils would resume.

Also yesterday, Benue State Government approved the reopening of schools for SS3 pupils.
Commissioner for Education Prof Dennis Ityavyar, said JSS 3 pupils would also resume.

He said the government had put necessary measures in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

He urged parents to ensure their children wear facemasks and observe other safety precautions.

On the planned handover of missionary schools to their owners, Ityavyar said a committee headed by the Secretary to the Government, Prof Anthony Ijohor, had been set up to make recommendations within a week.


LATEST UPDATE 2: (27th July, 2020): FG Announces 4th August, 2020 Resumption Date for Final Year Students Nationwide (JSS3 & SS3).

The Federal Government (FG) on Monday 27th July, 2020 declared that all Secondary schools in the country should resume from 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only.

Students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020.

These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.

The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations for safe reopening, as agreed.

Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow Tuesday 28th July, 2020 between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.


LATEST UPDATE 2: (27th July, 2020): Federal, States, Others Review Terms For Schools Resumption (Osun, Anambra, Ogun, Lagos).

ANOTHER step towards the reopening of schools will be taken today as Federal and state governments meet to review the level of compliance with the conditions.

The 52-page guidelines released by the Federal Ministry of Education is designed to navigate the path for the resumption of pupils in exit classes to enable them write their external examinations despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

A decision on the return to school by exit class pupils may likely be taken at the end of today’s meeting.

The ministry’s virtual meeting with Commissioners of Education and special advisers on Education in the 36 states and the Education secretary of Federal Capital Territory will also pick a likely date for the safe reopening of schools.

The meeting will be attended by officials of the National Examinations Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) and the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC).

Also expected are representatives of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), the umbrella body of private school owners and the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).

But National President of NAPPS Chief Yomi Otubela said on Sunday that he was not aware of the meeting.

Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE) Sonny Echono said a decision on 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination organised by WAEC will be taken having received a feedback on the options available to Nigeria from the examination body.

He said the government had agreed on a date to hold the national common entrance examination into unity colleges.

The permanent secretary said the date for the common entrance examination will be announced at the end of today’s meeting.

Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba had last week said Nigeria was open to the option of writing the General Certificate Examination (GCE) organised in November/ December.

Echono said: “We (FG), all the commissioners of education, examination bodies, private school proprietors, ANCORPS, Secretary of Education, FCT and other stakeholders are going to meet tomorrow (today).

“We have invited them so that if they require explanations and their own input we will hear from them at once.

“The subject is for us to decide on the issue of reopening of schools for all the exit classes to take their final examinations.

“We have already agreed on a date for the common entrance. That one is for primary schools so it is not an issue. It doesn’t have much problem. The date will be announced after the tomorrow’s meeting.

“We have received a feedback from WAEC on what options are available and we want to discuss those when the new date will be and let us agree as a group and not just impose our view on the others.”

Director of Information in the ministry, Ben Gong, said: “The emphasis is on the exit classes who are going to do WASSCE, NECO, Common Entrance and NABTEB, With the decision they (WAEC) took, by next month they should be starting the examination. Being a bigger customer we said no.

“We want to meet within us to discuss and look at the timetable. WAEC is proposing either August or November. We are saying since we have a number of exams there is nothing cast in stone to say that we must start with WAEC.

“Since WAEC is saying next month; which we have disagreed with or November, the exit classes can resume and start preparations and do all these exams (NECO, NABTEB and common entrance) then we will meet WAEC by November.”

Some of the conditions given to state by the Federal Government include school management, provision of infrastructure for social distancing, disinfecting schools, provision of water and soap for handwashing, the provision of infra-red thermometers, the use of face mask, appoint incident managers, appointing classroom wardens, among others.

National President of NAPPS Otubela said he was only aware of a meeting to review preparations for resumption scheduled to hold on July 30.

He said: “The one I heard about should be on 30th of this month but I have not confirmed the Invitation.

“Until after that meeting before update. They have asked schools to fill a form based on the 52-page guidelines and submit by July 29. After July 29 there will be a meeting.”

Lagos State
The Lagos State NAPPS President, Alhaji Olawale Ahmed, told The Nation that private schools were ready for the resumption of SS3 pupils.

“I cannot comment on the resumption date; that should come from the Governor. But we are ready for resumption. We were giving an assessment form that cover 12 areas.

“We have a quality assurance committee in the association that has been going round,” he said.

Lagos State Commissioner for Education Mrs. Adefisayo said in preparation for resumption in public schools, the premises have been decontaminated, wash hand basin and soap provided; arrangements made for supply of water by trucks where there is no water, among other.

“We have had ministry of environment and local governments going round fumigating all schools -even more than once. They have even helped private schools. They are fumigating and decontaminating those that were used as marlets. Beyond that we are installing wash hand basins in our schools. If SS3 alone come back they are just a third of all senior classes so they will spread across the classrooms. They will be able to maintain social distance; they won’t go their normal classes; they would go across all schools. If not enough they will use the junior secondary school and if not enough they will use the nearest primary school,” she said
 

Osun State
Osun State will commence fumigation of schools ahead school reopening, Special Adviser on Education Alhaji Jamiu Olawumi said yesterday.

According to him, out of the 12 recommendations to be met for schools to reopen, the state had met 10.

He said: “We have received guidelines from the Federal Ministry of Education on reopening of schools and we have interrogated the issues they sent to us, out of twelve we have been able to meet 10. Osun is good to go with school reopening. The other two have to do with taking instruction and clearance.

“With the meeting that will happen tomorrow between the commissioners of education and special advisers across the country with the Minister of Education and the Federal Ministry of Education. We are ready to table what we have done before them.

“We have forwarded the request for fumigation of schools to the ministry of health. We will start the fumigation this week in preparation for other issues raised by the protocol sent to us by the Federal Government. Compliance is a matter of when we present it to the governor as our point before he offers his opinion on it and decides what to do.

Chairperson of National Association of Private Schools in Osun State, Alhaja Muniat Adepoju expressed the readiness of private schools owner to reopen saying, we have set up a monitoring team to ensure that all guidelines are followed by schools.
 

Anambra State
Anambra Commissioner for Education Prof. Kate Omenugha said preparations were in top gear for the possible reopening of schools soon.

Omenugha in Awka yesterday that the State Executive Council had approved the procurement and distribution of 1,000 infrared thermometers to public primary and secondary schools.

She explained that schools got the equipment during the Ebola scourge in 2014.

She said the new 1, 000 thermometers were replacement in schools where a recent inventory had shown that they were no longer functional.

According to her, this is part of efforts to ensure that the schools meet the minimum coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols.

Omenugha added that other items including buckets and hand washing soap, would be provided by the schools themselves.

She said the ministry had directed that all schools in the state should set up a taskforce team and send out ‘Resumption Readiness Forms’, to the schools that would assess the level of readiness in line with all the safety measures.

She added that this included sanitation of the environment and spacing students in their schools.

The commissioner said so far, 912 of such forms had been filled and returned, while over 95 per cent representing over 866 of the schools that filled the forms had indicated their readiness.

She said that there were not less than 3, 000 public and private secondary and primary schools in the state, each of which must be ready before resumption.

“Exco has approved that we reopen for Junior Secondary School Examination (JSSE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for a date that will be announced after the ongoing stakeholders’ meeting. So we are ensuring that necessary measures are in place”.
 

Ogun State
Ogun State government said it had taken steps towards ensuring the safety of staff and pupils as well as preventing the spread of Corona Virus spread as the State get set to reopen schools remained shut since March.

Commissioner for Health Dr. Tomi Coker said the ministry had given directives to schools through the Education ministry on precautionary protocols to adopt in order to safeguard the health of the people and prevent the spread of COVID – 19 in schools.

Coker added that the heads of schools in the state would also attend necessary trainings tomorrow (Monday) on how to keep the school environment, staff and students safe as well as prevent the spread of Corona Virus.

Also, the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Students Affairs, Adeyemi Azeez, said the state government on top of its plans to reopen schools across the state.

Adeyemi said a Committee chaired by Deputy Governor Noimot Salako Oyedele, was set up to facilitate the smooth and safe reopening of schools.

“Ogun government has set up a high powered committee, headed by the deputy governor to work out modalities towards reopening of schools in Ogun state.”
 

Ekiti State
In Ekiti State, the government has directed all schools ready to resume operations to acquire certificates of fitness before reopening.

The government said schools with coronavirus prevention facilities will only be allowed to resume activities, while certificates of compliance must be received from COVID-19 Task Force to authenticate their readiness to reopen.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Foluso Daramola, said no school would be allowed to resume without complying with the stipulated guidelines to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

He said all the schools must comply with the safety protocols to avert the spread of the deadly disease, saying provision of requisite facilities remains the prerequisite for reopening .

Daramola said part of the prerequisites is that, the schools must fumigate their premises, and provide running water in front of their buildings to ensure regular hand washing.
Teacher for test

TEACHERS in all schools in the Southeast will undergo compulsory COVID-19 tests before the reopening of schools the region, Southeast Governors Forum has decided.

Chairman of the forum and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi dropped the hint in Abakaliki yesterday while briefing newsmen after a virtual meeting of the forum.

According to him, lots of fears were expressed especially for the kindergarten and primary school levels where the pupils for instance, do not understand what is social distancing.

He said: “This is because they love themselves and must always stay together and a part of the protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is that people must wash their hands with running water.

“You will ask how many of our schools have running water and how many sanitisers have been provided for them.”

SOURCE: THE NATION.



LATEST UPDATE (24th July, 2020): FG, State Commissioners National Association of Private School Proprietors and other Critical Stakeholders to Hold Meeting on 30th July, 2020 to Evaluate Level of Preparedness and Possibility of Resumption of Schools

The Federal Government is to meet with the State Commissioners for Education, National Association of Private School Proprietors and other critical stakeholders, on 30th July 2020, to evaluate the level of preparedness and possibility of reopening schools.

Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this known during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 news briefing in Abuja.

The meeting would discuss the level of compliance with the guidelines for reopening of schools earlier released by the Federal Ministry of Education.

He also disclosed that government was working assiduously towards ensuring that the final year students participate in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WAEC) which was scheduled to hold from 4th August to 5th September 2020.

Nwajiuba said WAEC has insisted on going ahead with the examination in other four West African countries and that Nigeria would not be left, saying the option of November General Certificate in Examination (GCE) for Nigeria to join earlier being put on the table would not be ideal for the country.

He said the discussion was still on the possibility of shifting Nigerian languages, which are subjects scheduled to hold first before other general papers taken by candidates from all the five West African countries.

He said: “WAEC was unable to wholesomely move the exams but we have also worked out negotiated timeline with WAEC such that what we call peculiar Nigerian subjects which in the language of WAEC are subjects that are only held in Nigeria-Igbo Language, Hausa Language, and Yoruba Language.

“Ghanaians have their own but they are all in the first part of the timetable. We will now work out a domestication module that will take our peculiar subjects behind after we have done generals. This will buy us the time we need for all of us to be able to be at par with the rest of West Africa for the examinations to be written at the same time,” he said.

Nwajiuba noted further that the unanimity with which WAEC has always worked remains very important to the country, saying Nigeria would not move away from it.

He said the option was to go to November to take the GCE external exams, saying Nigeria is carefully studying that if in the event that everything “fails we may go to that but we are working assiduously to keep with the time-frame, saying the key factor of safety of the children was assured. ”

He said the Federal Government was not against any plans by state governments to reopen schools provided there is compliance with guidelines already made available to them.

He said: “Education is a concurrent matter on our legislative list. States are free to make those kinds of provisions with the guidance that the Presidential Task Force has provided.”

The Minister added that the checklist provided in the guidelines are the requirement needed to put in place before the schools are reopened.

“We have given the cut-off date as 29th of July to expect all the responses so that we can know who needs help. If your problem is that you already get the bucket and a tap but you don’t know how to insert the tap to the bucket so that it turns into running water, we need to know because such a simple step may be important,” he said.


LATEST UPDATE (22nd July, 2020): Oyo State Government Releases 2020/2021 Schools Academic Calendar, Cancels 3rd Term Resumption Date and Announces Dates of Examinations for Final Year Students (Pri.6, JSS3 & SS3).
The Oyo State Executive Council at its meeting today 21st of July 2020 has approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the State.

“According to the approved calendar, Third Term 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and promotion of students, for all affected classes, will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment.

“Pry 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 will proceed on holiday from 30th of July and resume for their Examination as follows;

“Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)- 10th to 18th August 2020

“Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August 2020

“Placement/Screening Test to JSS1- 20th August 2020

“Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August 2020

“The SSS 3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.

“The 2020/21 academic session, according to the calendar approved by the State Council is as follows;

“First Term- 21th September to 18th December 2020

“Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021


“Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021

“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology enjoins all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.”


LATEST UPDATE (17th July, 2020):FG to Review the Decison on Schools Resumption Date, Agrees with 4 Countries to Consider New Date for 2020 WASSCE, Gives Proprietors July 29 Ultimatum to Meet Specific Guidelines.

The Federal Government has given school owners in the country up to July 29, 2020, to meet specific guidelines towards the reopening of schools at a date to be announced in due course.

This came as it had settled with four countries on a new date for the suspended West African Examinations Council, WAEC 2020 WASSCE.

Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who stated this, Friday, in Abuja, said the ministry, having consulted widely, has in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), the Education in Emergencies Working Group, developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools.

The minister, according to a statement, Friday, by the Director of Information in the Ministry, Bem Goong, “school owners are to prepare and comply with the guidelines.

“Nwajuiba said schools are to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to state ministries of education, not later than 29 July 2020, “the statement quoted him as saying.

He said consultations with relevant stakeholders will be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.

The minister further said, having taken the painful but necessary decision not to reopen schools without necessary preparations to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the Federal Ministry of Education has continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism to assess and monitor compliance shall be put in place.

According to him, “Since Tuesday last week, we have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including Commissioners of Education in all the states of the federation, the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria,(APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools,(NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of universities, some state governors, and development partners.”

Commenting on WAEC, Nwajuiba said, “We met with WAEC on Monday and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on new examination date.”

“We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and note the divergent views expressed on the matter.

“Parents should be rest assured that the safety of our students and teachers is paramount as we work assiduously towards the speedy reopening of our schools for the exit classes to take external examinations,” he added.


LATEST UPDATE (16th July, 2020): South West States (Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States) Fixes August 3rd, 2020 as Resumption Date for Final Year Students (Pri.6, JSS3 & SS3) Students, Seeks Postponement of WAEC Exams to August, 24th, 2020.

The Six Southwest States have agreed to reopen schools for SS3 students to participate in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) scheduled for August 4th to September 5th.

Their decision is contrary to the position of most of the 19 northern states, which supported the Federal Government’s decision to suspend school reopening for SS3 students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Federal Government had declared last week that Nigeria unity schools will not be participating in WASCE over safety concerns.


But at a virtual meeting by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Commissioners, Special Advisers on Education and SUBEB chairmen reached an agreement to reopen schools for SS3 students to write their final examinations.

The meeting also agreed on the needs for Southwest states to implement a 2016 plan to establish a regional examination body akin to IJMB in the North.

The plan was laid out at the roundtable on creating a collaborative framework for education development and advancement in Western Nigeria in Osogbo, the Osun State capital in 2016.

A statement by the DAWN Commission indicated that all the states will reopen schools for SS3 students by August 3 with COVID-19 preventive measures in place.

The States are Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.

According to the statement, the states will approach the Federal Government, at the first instance, to seek postponement of the WASCE by at least three weeks from the proposed resumption date.

At the second instance, states are to directly approach the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to seek postponement of the examination to August 24.

On resumption, all schools are to appoint incident managers and classroom wardens, according to the document.

There will also be designation of quality assurance department for each state to issue a safety compliance certificate to each school before reopening.

The state will also encourage intensive advocacy campaigns to stakeholders including parents, teachers, caregivers, school owners and pupils on what is expected of them when schools resume.

The meeting also called on the WAEC to encourage Computer-Based Tests (CBT) in the future.



LATEST UPDATE (13th July, 2020): FG Releases Guidelines for Schools And Learning Facilities Reopening After Covid- 19 Pandemic Closes (Download in PDF)
Official Schools Resumption Date 2020 [36 States Nationwide]
The development and issuance of these guidelines for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities is a consultative and collaborative initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Education in Emergencies Working Group in Nigeria (EiEWGN), Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), UNICEF, Save the Children International, Plan International, Street Child, Terre des Hommes, international development partners, donors, and the civil society, including teachers’ unions, parents, and community representatives. The goal is to support and facilitate prompt and safe achievement of the objectives of the Nigeria Education Sector COVID-19 Response Strategy. The guidelines will assist federal, state, and local governments and their relevant ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), families, communities, and authorities in decision-making, approach modeling, and operational planning for safely reopening schools, recovering pre-pandemic capacities, and institutionalizing
good safe school practices for the transformation of the education sector in the long term. The availability of these guidelines and implementation of its recommendations will ensure that all stakeholders within the educational system have a sense of their rights and responsibilities. In addition, this will help learners, teachers, parents, guardians, communities, and the larger society to trust the process of reopening and be assured that learning will continue in a safe and protective environment. This will also support governments in education reforms and effective service delivery during and post COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The guidelines for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities after the COVID-19 pandemic outline actions, measures, and requirements needed for
1. Ensuring adequate preparedness of schools and learning facilities for reopening and resumption of academic and other ancillary activities without placing the health, safety, and security of learners, teachers, administrators,
and other education personnel at risk;
2. A systematic, phased, safe reopening that factors resource availability to meet basic requirements and differentials in COVID-19 effect (e.g., fumigation and disinfection of schools; provision of learning material; impact and vulnerabilities across schools, learning facilities, communities, localities, local governments, and states); and
3. Continued safe and quality teaching and learning activities by learners, teachers, and administrators that meet prescribed standards through remote and e-learning platforms with adequate safeguarding of their health, safety, and security during school shutdown period;
4. Entrenching and institutionalizing good practices in health, safety, and security in the nation’s education sector in the long term to strengthen systems and make them resilient against future similar occurrences. Click Here to Download Full Guidelines in PDF.




LATEST UPDATE (7th July, 2020): FG Reverses Decision to Re-open Schools for WAEC Examination.....FG Appeals to State to Reconsider on Resumption of Schools as WAEC Cannot Determine the Resumption of Schools.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the seventh weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, also said there is no date for resumption of schools in the country yet.

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers, appealing to state governments that had announced reopening of schools to reconsider their decision for the sake of the students’ safety.

Speaking on the effect the decision to keep schools closed could have on final year secondary school students, due to write the WAEC, Adamu said Nigeria would not open the schools yet, not even for the WAEC, which is a regionally control programme.

He, however debunked an earlier report, which claimed that the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced August 4, 2020, as resumption date for schools, saying the Minister was misquoted.

“I don’t know whether you journalists are misquoting the Minister of State for Education or maybe quoting what WAEC said and made it into a story. Schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education will not be opened on August 4 or anytime soon.

“Our schools will only open when we believe it’s safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the incidence of the infection is going up in the nation. I just want to make it clear.

“We will not open soon for examination or for any reason, unless it is safe for our children, even WAEC. WAEC will not determine for us what we do. Schools will remain closed.

“Yesterday we called on stakeholders who will tell us the situation and the way it should be done for it to be safe. While the meeting was going on, WAEC announced that they are starting examinations. Let’s see who they are going to start with.

“I will also like to use this position to ask those states that have already announced (reopening), I appeal to them. I think it is not safe. I feel responsible for all children, not just those who are in federal government controlled schools. Please let’s save our children from this.

“One infected child is enough to infect a whole class. When they close from class they go into the dormitory, this is not the right time to open schools. I appeal to the states that have already announced to reconsider it”, he said.

When asked if Nigeria will be the only country to miss out of the WAEC examinations, he said “me as Minister of Education, if I’m given the chance, I don’t mind Nigeria losing a whole school year than exposing our children to danger. WAEC is a parastatal of the Ministry of Education, they cannot determine for the government what it does”, he said.

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LATEST UPDATE (6th July, 2020): FG Commences Disinfection / Decontamination of Schools Ahead of Resumption of Final Year (Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3) Students as from Tuesday 7th July, 2020.

The Federal Government has announced that the decontamination of schools against the spread of COVID-19 in preparation for the resumption of class activities will begin on Tuesday, July 7

The Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, disclosed this in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Mahmood also assured that it had enough hands on ground to carry out the disinfection exercise.

“Earlier I told you that we have sat with the Ministry of Education and we have the list of all the schools that need to be disinfected before resumption.

“Well, what we plan to do now is to do (decontaminate) the centres that will be used,” he stated.

Speaking on why the process was delayed, the minister said it was intentional, as the plan was to ensure that the chemicals were effective enough when the schools resume.

“The delay is because it is better to disinfect and decontaminate within a short period of time, so that the kids will be going back into these classes when they have been freshly decontaminated.

“This is because the chemicals we use are chemicals that are not long lasting; they have short contact time to do their job.

“So, we will be getting this done before Monday when they (school children) will be back to use these classes,” he said.

He assured parents that the schools would be safe for learning activities.

“So, it is between tomorrow (Tuesday) and the rest of the week. We have enough teams and people that we will be engaged to get that done.

“Be rest assured that your kids will be returning to a safe environment when they resume,” he said.

Mahmood stressed that the decontamination exercise would be done across the country.


LATEST UPDATE (5th July, 2020): FG to Meet with Critical Stakeholders on 7th July to Finalize on the Resumption Date and Guidelines for all Final Year (Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3) Students Nationwide

The Federal Government will meet with states on Tuesday to discuss the modalities for the safe reopening of primary and secondary schools.


Schools across the country have remained shut since March in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country that has resulted in the infection of over 25,000.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had on Monday announced the resumption of schools, saying it was meant to allow pupils in graduating classes to resume preparation for examinations.

However, the Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigeria Union of Teachers argued that the move was not only badly thought out, but could also expose both teachers and pupils to the deadly infection.

Despite the directive of the Federal Government to reopen schools, much still hangs in the balance as state governments struggle to decide on dates to reopen schools.

The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Mr Jimoh Ijegbai, told Sunday PUNCH that the state had yet to conclude the modalities for schools resumption.

He said, “I just got an invitation from the Minister of Education and we are meeting on Tuesday. The truth is that we have not drawn out the modalities for their resumption. I have sent a memo to Mr Governor. We need to buy infrared (thermometers). We need to fumigate all the school premises, get hand sanitisers and personal protective equipment for teachers.”

The Chairman, Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board, Lawan Buhari, said the state ran educational programmes on the state radio and television to enable the pupils to keep up with their curricula at home.

He, however, added that, as for the resumption date for terminal pupils in primary and secondary schools, “we have yet to decide on that.”

Similarly, the Osun State Government, on Friday, said no date had been picked for school resumption in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Jamiu Olawumi, however, told one of our correspondents that teachers would resume before pupils in terminal classes returned to schools.
In Bauchi, the Commissioner for Education, Dr Aliyu Tilde, noted that the stae government was waiting for federal directives.

“Everything will depend on the guidelines provided by the Federal Government/NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control). All states are waiting,” he said in a text message.

Ogun State also said it would reopen schools for graduating pupils to sit their examinations but added that it had not agreed on the protocols.

Similarly, the Enugu State Government stated that it was putting all necessary safety measures in its schools before announcing a resumption day.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof Uche Ezeh, said Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi “will make the appropriate announcement at the appropriate time.”

In the same vein, the Plateau State Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mrs Elizabeth Wapmuk, said the state government was still consulting with stakeholders on when schools in the state could reopen.

In Delta State, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, also stated that the state was still meeting with stakeholders on schools resumption.

The Commissioner for Education in Gombe State, Dr Habu Dahiru, said efforts were underway to fumigate the schools for prompt resumption of pupils within the specified classes. He did not, however, give a specific date for the reopening.

The Niger State Government also noted that it was weighing the risk of reopening schools and putting in place sufficient plans.

The Commissioner for Education, Hannatu Salihu, said, “We got a directive from (the state) government to conduct a stakeholders meeting, which is ongoing and it involves critical education and inter-sectoral stakeholders, including health, water, information, environment and all relevant partners.”

Also, the Taraba State Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Danjuma Adamu, stressed that “though the Federal Government has directed the class of Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 should reopen, the governor still reserves the right to set a date that is convenient for schools in the state to open.”

The Benue State Government had, on Wednesday, after the State Executive Council meeting announced a partial reopening of schools for graduating pupils.

However, the Commissioner for Education, Prof Dennis Ityavyav, told one of our correspondents that no date had been fixed for the state-wide resumption.

Kwara State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Fatimah Ahmed, also stated that there was no directive yet as to when pupils in terminal classes would resume.

The Ebonyi State Government, similarly, said reopening schools for terminal pupils in the state at present was equal to endangering their lives.

In Cross River State, the Commissioner for Quality Education, Dr Godwin Amanke, was not available for comment when one of our correspondents visited his office. He also did not respond to calls and text messages.

However, an official in the state government who spoke on condition of anonymity said no date had been fixed for schools resumption, adding that a statement would be issued once the government had decided on it.

In Rivers State, the Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku, noted that the state was ready for schools to reopen but that it was awaiting the appointed date from the Federal Ministry of Education for synergy with other states.


LATEST UPDATE (3rd July, 2020): No Official Date Yet for Schools Resumption Other than Final Year Students in Pri 6, JSS 3 & SS3. 

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has clarified the controversy surrounding the resumption of schools across the country.

According to the PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Federal Government has yet to approve the resumption of schools.

This was disclose by Mustapha on Thursday in Abuja at the PTF briefing on COVID-19, days after the government said graduating students could resume classes in preparation for their examinations.

He said, ”For the avoidance of doubts, schools have not resumed. Only critical examination classes will be allowed to resume for those who need revision before examinations.

“As we have informed you, the Federal Ministry of Education will consult further with stakeholders before issuing guidelines that will lead to full resumption.”

“We appeal to Nigerians to continue to show understanding and to ensure that their wards take full advantage of electronic platforms provided for learning,” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) added.

He reminded Nigerians that the PTF had announced some limited measures for the education sector, although he insisted that it was still not safe to reopen schools.

The PTF chairman explained that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the resumption for graduating students in order not to truncate their progression.

He said the President approved that arrangements be made for them to resume for those who needed revision before the commencement of examinations.

Mustapha, however, decried that this aspect of the President’s approval had been subjected to several interpretations and misinterpretations



LATEST UPDATE (2nd July, 2020): FG Gives Reasons for Resumption of Schools for Pri. 6, JSS 3 and SS 3 Students. 

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Wednesday, said that the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, timetable is not determined by Nigeria.

The PTF Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, while speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, stated that the Federal Government will not want a spill-over in the nation’s academic calendar which will end up affecting graduating students.

According to him, this is the main reason why schools will be reopened nationwide for graduating students with immediate effect.

He said “We already have a large number of students that are in their exit year and they really need to move on.

“We have exams that are not specific only to Nigeria but in West Africa, WAEC for instance.

So, we need to find a way to safely get these students to do their exams and exit, otherwise we will have a serious spill-over when it comes to education.

“COVID19 will go away eventually even though we don’t know when but It may take a year or longer, and what we don’t want is for it to have such a significant impact on our educational program where children are unable to move at home where there is no mobility.”

Recall that the PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, had on Monday, said that schools will be reopened nationwide for graduating students with immediate effect.

He explained that the measure was to allow the graduating classes prepare for their final examinations.



UPDATE 2 (1st July, 2020): We Can't Resume Schools, We Don't Want to Die - Teachers Tell FG.
The Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, on Tuesday, took a swipe at the Federal Government over its “safe reopening of schools”.

The apex organisations of medical doctors and teachers in the country told The Newsmen that the directive that graduating classes should resume was not only badly thought-out, but also could expose both teachers and pupils to the deadly coronavirus

the NMA president asked, “What is the compliance of the citizens in terms of regular hand-washing and other safety protocols? At the moment, many of the schools don’t even have water. Obviously, it becomes very difficult to say that schools should reopen because you have to wash your hands regularly.

Again, I don’t know how the teachers would be teaching with face masks and all the pupils will wear face masks. If you are not used to face masks, you may not breath well, particularly if the one you have is not standard.”

He also said it would be difficult to observe social distancing in crowded classrooms. Ujah stated, “I believe the government should think about it. If they can stay a little, people have to be alive to go to school and the way things are happening, the compliance level is still very low. I don’t think it is appropriate to open the schools now.”

Also, the NUT general secretary said government was not serious with his directive. He said teachers could not resume because nobody wanted to die.

He stated, “I don’t know who is going to use his own child as a guinea pig. It is only those who are alive that can speak of keeping hope alive. How can we resume? Does anybody want to die?”

Ene said if government wanted teachers to resume, they should be provided with necessary materials and incentives.

The NUT general secretary stated, “The NUT is saying that the government has not assured us properly to go back to school. Has the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) moved around to make sure that the isolation centres are provided in schools? What measures have they told us have been provided for teachers to come back?

We are being taken for granted. Teachers are parents and human beings too and their children don’t want to lose them out of carelessness. We are ready. We are not afraid to teach. But government has not shown commitment for us to go back to school. All what the government is doing is mere politics.

“When you talk of guidelines, we have passed the stage of talking without actions. I just read a text from a certain school asking my daughter who is going to take final exams to come back. They are demanding sanitisers, face marks and other consumables, thereby throwing back the burden to parents who have already been overstretched with feeding their children since they have been at home.

But government has reneged on what it should do. In a class of 60, 40 or 70 pupils, you’re talking of physical and social distancing. Can a teacher take a class from 8am to 2pm, 2pm to 5pm and 5pm to 10pm? What is the PPE that government has given to teachers?

“If a teacher is going to face many pupils in a class, and has no PPE, how will the teacher function or they expect him to use his meagre salary? I don’t know if government is aware that as of today so many states and local governments are owing teachers.”

The NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, who spoke to one of our correspondents in Jos, said that given the current low level of compliance by Nigerians with COVID-19 safety protocols, it was risky to ask pupils to resume.

The NUT General Secretary, Mike Ene, said government was playing politics with the directive. He wondered how teachers, who had not been paid salaries in some states, would get money to buy personal protective equipment.


UPDATE 1 (1st July, 2020): FG Dashes Hope of Tertiary Institutions, Says No Plan to Re-Open Tertiary Institutions Soon.
Hope of tertiary institution students returning to school soon was dashed on Tuesday, when the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 confirmed that there was no plan on ground yet for the reopening of tertiary institutions. 


This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, in a Ray Power radio interview,

He said: “Currently, there’s no plan to reopen tertiary institutions. Our plan at the moment is to ensure that we contain the spread of this disease and ensure that we are in the state where normal socioeconomic activities would be restored.

“We know that schools, together with restaurants, bars and other entrainment activities could encourage community transmission of the dreaded coronavirus, hence the reason why we were not in hurry to reopen them.

“But, however, we have taken pragmatic measures to ensure we do not loose a whole year in terms of primary to secondary school transition, hence the President’s approval for schools to reopen so that exiting students could return to school and write their examinations some of which are regional.

“Summarily, there is no plan to reopen tertiary institutions until we get to the top of the numbers, and also see clearly that we are making significant progress in terms of flattening the curve.”



LATEST UPDATE (29th June, 2020): FG Lifts Ban on Interstate Travels, Set to Re-Open Schools for Final Year Students (Pri. 6, JSS 3, SS3 & Final Year Students in Tertiary Institutions).
The Federal Government has just announced a partial lifting of the ban on interstate movement.

This was announced moments ago by the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha at a briefing Monday in Abuja.

He said there will also be a safe re-opening of schools to allow graduating students back to classes, while interstate movements would only take place outside curfew hours.

Announcing the new measures, the SGF said; “I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

“Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

  • Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;
  • Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;
  • Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations and;
  • Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable”.
All primary schools and daycare centres across the nation remain closed, the Federal Government has declared.


FG Briefs Senate on School Resumption on 23rd June, 2020.

The Federal Ministry of Education Tuesday briefed members of the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education on its plans to reopen schools which have been shut as part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, who presided over the meeting, expressed the fears that the academic calendar could be distorted in public schools where no visible arrangement was being made to teach the children at home unlike their private schools counterparts.

She said public schools students were made to rely on educational programmes on radio and television stations whereas they tune to stations showing cartoons whenever there was no adult to guide them.

She said children in public schools don’t have access to online classes like their counterparts in the private schools.

She noted that the arrangement regarding radio and television stations was not working.

Eyakenyi said, “Even when the students in the cities have access to education programmes on radio and televisions, what of those in the villages? What do we do so that we don’t shut them out?

“If government can give guidelines for the reopening of churches and mosques, stakeholders in the education sector could also hold a meeting with the government to agree on guidelines for schools’ reopening.

“All we need to do is to come up with measures that would ensure the safety of both the students and their teachers.

“We can design a plan that would make sure that not all the students resume at the same time. We could probably start with the exit classes.

“We could have the numbers of students that would go to school in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

“We have to be innovative in our approach to save our educational sector in this country because nobody knows how long that the disease would be with.
What we have now is a proposal. Even if the Senate has not called us, we would have come to you to discuss with you because we have already discussed with the House of Representatives.

“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders.”


The Federal Government has reacted to news circulating on the date for resumption of Schools following the ease of lockdown in the country.

Some news outlets had reported that the federal government had fixed July 20 as the date for the official resumption of schools across the country.


But in a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Education dismissed the report, saying that the purported report did not originate from any of its media handles.

The statement urged Students, Parents and Guardians to disregard all unconfirmed news on the resumption of schools across the country.

It added that the official date for resumption of schools nationwide is yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the federal government had begun disinfection of public schools across the country preparatory to resumption after months of shutdown following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

The ministry has however said for schools to resume academic activities, the school authorities must meet certain conditions which include:

All Institutions must have 
(1) Hand-washing facilities, 
(2) Body temperature checks 
(3) Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hostels, classes, offices, etc. 
(4) The whole premises of each institution must be decontaminated and 
(5) All efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene 
(6) Ensure Social and Physical Distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces.”

The minister, however, warned against reopening of schools without the Federal Government’s authorisation.


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