FG outlines new guidelines for reopening of schools
FG outlines new guidelines for reopening of schools in the country following the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the country, the FG has released new guidelines
The Federal government of Nigeria have noun set aside a new set of guidelines if schools are to be reopened in the country anytime soon
These guidelines were confirmed today by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in a new statement published today
Though dates for school resumption was not stated, the FG outlined actions, measures and requirements needed for the safe reopening of schools after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yesterday, the Federal Ministry of Education released the safe distancing measures to be imbibed once schools are allowed to resumed.
The new guidelines required that in schools and other learning facilities, learners should be supported to stay two meters apart.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Minister of State (Education), Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba signed the guidelines, saying it was developed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health and health safety experts in the country.
However, there are exceptions where the two-meter rule cannot be reasonably applied and other risk mitigation strategies may be adopted.
Examples include early years, younger primary school children, and those with additional needs.
The statement read:
“In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel in mind. The scenarios require organizing learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the risk mitigation strategies.
The membership of these groups should not change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise,”
The guidelines included a review of existing policies, practices, and risk mitigation strategies in the use of schools for other purposes
These include distance learning centres, temporary shelters, isolation, quarantine and treatment centres, markets, voting centres, among others.
The statement which confirmed FG outlines new guidelines for reopening of schools read, saying:
“COVID – 19 pandemic poses an enormous risk to the health and safety of learners, teachers, parents, school administrators, education practitioners, and the wider community
More than 1.5 billion children and young people globally have been affected by school and university closures.
As a responsible government, it is also our duty to provide comprehensive guidelines for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities.
We do so knowing that the health, safety, and security of learners, teachers, education personnel, and families are priorities”
The guidelines dealt extensively on equitable plans for school reopening and operations, focusing on attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning
It also includes non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programmes.
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