The Federal Government has announced August 4, 2020, as the resumption date for students in Secondary School graduating classes across the country. The information was made public by the Director of Press and Public relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, in a statement on Monday.
After over 3 months of being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, secondary students in classes JSS 3 and SSS 3 are expected to go back to the classroom, not for learning, but for the purpose of examination. The federal government also shared that measures will be set in schools to ensure the safety of the returning students.
EXIT CLASSES TO REOPEN AUGUST 4TH, 2020
Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only. pic.twitter.com/2n9IctVA0O
— Federal Ministry of Education (@NigEducation) July 27, 2020
In June, The Federal Ministry of Education, through the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, shared the supposed guidelines to ensure the safety of students that would be returning to the classroom. In a document titled “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure” submitted to the National Assembly, Schools were charged to ensure that they create temporary isolation spaces and fully-equipped clinics before reopening.
Schools were also required to “establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel become unwell while in schools.”
It also mandated proprietors to seek “grants to procure soaps and buckets, ensure regular safe water supply, ensure a constant supply of learning and instructional materials, and pay salaries on time.”
The FG before reaching the decision to reopen schools shared that the decision came about after a virtual meeting that housed the FG and stakeholders of the educational sector of Nigeria. And Nigerians had a lot to say.
"Whatever safety measure, in place at the various schools will definitely be defeated on trans either to or from the school, our transportation system is not in compliance"- @kiki_Oro
— 98.9 KISS FM LAGOS (@KISSFMLAGOS) July 28, 2020
@RaypowerNetwork morning Tosin & pelumi, plan reopening of schools has become imperative, covid-19 has come 2 stay like HIV, if we could do election in Edo & ondo state that is not computer based & not more important than d education of nigeria children, we can go school I beg
— @Imafidon (@Imafido34641516) July 28, 2020
4th of August is the reopening of schools for exiting secondary school students just so they could write WASSCE the most important exams at their level in two weeks coming after spending 4-5 months sitting at home?? Omo men, even Einstein no see this maths solve o. #Nigeria
— Kesykings (@kingskesy) July 27, 2020
taking concerning Nigeria education and Nigerians future!
However, has any self-pronouncing thing been done in favour of reopening of schools by August 3rd circulating on social media and the Internet that schools will be reopened for some classes?
Has anything been done from
— Hephzibah (@Hephzib48895105) July 27, 2020
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