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FG approves full reopening of schools; reopening of NYSC orientation camps nationwide

The Federal Government says state governments and school administrators should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country.

Schools in the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

However, the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils effective August 4, 2020, to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

On Thursday, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, at a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, said the task force recommends phased return of students.

Aliyu said, “For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.

“However, we strongly recommend that states conduct 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.

Meanwhile, all daycares and 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.”

Also, the Federal Government has given the nod for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to begin preparations for reopening of orientation camps nationwide.

Orientation camps were shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu: said, “For the National Youth Service Corps, 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.

“We are in the process of developing strict guidelines to ensure there is no outbreak of Covid-19 when this process starts.”

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