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Schools jn FCT Remain Close, FCTA Tells Prioprietors, Parent Others; No payment of school fees.

The Acting  Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA Education Secretary Umaru Marafa has disclosed that all schools in the capital territory of Nigeria remain close until further notice.

In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, debunks the rumour of resumption proported by some private school proprietors in FCT.

According to the statement, it has come to the notice of the FCTA Education Secretariat that some private Schools in the FCT are disseminating information to parents and students indicating the resumption the 2019/2020  3rd term calendar online  and  parents were therefore expected to pay schools fees for this term prior to the purported resumption.

“The Education Secretariat wishes to remind School proprietors, parents and the general public that the directive closing all schools at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic explicitly stated that this directive was in effect “until further notice” which implies that no academic activities in all Schools in any form shall commence until a notice to reopen is approved and conveyed by the Secretariat.

“The Implication of this is that when the Schools will be reopened, adequate notice of the fact that 2nd term was inconclusive will be factored into the academic calendar which will dovetail into the 3rd term accordingly.

Any action taken otherwise is likely to negatively distort the academic calendar of the schools involved.

“In light of the above, any School purporting to reopen for 3rd term before the approved calendar for opening of School post Covid-19 is doing so against the provisions of the extant guidelines on the establishment and operation of Schools in the FCT.

“School proprietors  are therefore, advised to maintain the status quo and keep their schools closed and not re-open in any form while they await  further directives from the FCTA.  

Violators of this directive will face the full wrath of the law.

The FCTA Education Secretariat has however concluded plans to introduce e-learning platforms to include lessons on radio and television channels to keep the students constructively engaged while the lockdown lasts.

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