The Federal Government has on Monday approved the reopening schools in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.
However, the Federal government has insist that only students in graduating classes will resume.
Only those sitting the National Common Entrance Examinations, WAEC and NECO examinations, etc are to resume classes as long as the schools comply strictly with the recommended steps and required measures to be issued by the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Government stated.
While encouraging schools to continue with the electronic learning and visual teaching, it said all daycares and primary schools must remain closed till evaluation. Secondary and tertiary institutions are also to remain closed.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made these known in Abuja.
He said: “Students in only graduating classes – Primary 6, JSS 3 and SS3, will be allowed to resume in preparation for examinations.
“All daycares and primary schools remain closed till evaluation. Schools are encouraged to continue with the electronic learning and visual teaching, but the pupils may proceed to take the National Common Entrance as soon as it is feasible, provided that they are compliant with issued non-pharmaceutical interventions.
“For secondary and tertiary institutions, all schools are to remain closed till further evaluation. Arrangements are to be made for exiting graduating students in JSS 3 and SS 3, to resume at both boarding and day schools as soon as possible for intensive revision exercise exercises.”
He further added: “All educational establishments are to conduct exhaustive reviews to ensure compliance with the issued guidelines on COVID-19 before the opening up for this purpose. They will open up only for the purpose of exiting students.
“Arrangements to be made for students taking part in NABTEB and BEC exams, WAEC examinations, NECO and sub exams respectively.
“All schools must comply with the strict recommended steps and required measures to be issued by the federal Ministry of Education before an institution is reopened in the timeline to be provided.”