Olusegun Ariyo

January 18th next week set aside for school resumption remains sacrosanct as government direct school authorities to ensure constants supply of water and sanitisers and equally request that schools make available functional health clinics with facilities for isolation centres while its sustains ban on assemblies, overcrowding.

This directive was given in a statement coming from the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and that which signed by the director of press in the ministry of education, Ben Goong.

According to him, the decision to maintain the resumption date is the aftermath of “extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders, including state governors, commissioners of education, proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.”

Adamu told parents and the respective institutions to ensure full compliance with Covid-19 protocols 

The Federal Government, on Thursday, banned overcrowding and large gatherings such as assemblies and visiting days, as schools reopen on Monday.

Urban Express-News online report that Lagos and other states including federal capital territory had pegged school resumption to 18th of January 2021 before the federal government said it was reconsidering the date at the initial stage before its decision to uphold 18th January as sacrosanct, the development is coming with the understanding of sustaining the safety of Nigerians against the issues of Coronavirus that has been ravaging the world.

It also put limitations to class sizes and hostel occupancy and asked the schools to ensure the compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers and workers, as well ensure temperature checks and put hand washing facilities in strategic locations in all schools

The statement read in part, “Sequel to the hint given during the press briefing on January 12, 2021, for the review of the proposed resumption date of January 18, 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation.

“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including state governors, commissioners of education, proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of January 18 should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

“These measures, which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities, will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.”

When asked how the government intends to curtail further spread of the virus with the planned resumption, Adamu school authorities would be asked to ensure strict compliance with existing and fresh guidelines that would be released.

He added, “We shall be warning stakeholders, particularly school authorities to ensure strict compliance with protocols.

“For instance, we will have no choice than to enforce compulsory use of face masks by teachers and students.

“We will also make it clear that we shall be reviewing the situation from time to time after the resumption with a view to taking necessary decisions.”

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