Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
File photo of students during a WAEC examination.

The Federal Government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

“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 18th January should remain,” the Federal Ministry of Education said in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong.

This had sparked fears among many Nigerians that schools resumption might be put on hold indefinitely even though many states in the country had set dates for the reopening of the learning centres. 

FULL STATEMENT 

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, 
office of the director (press & PR)
PRESS STATEMENT

SCHOOL RESUMPTION DATE OF 18TH JANUARY 2021 STANDS MINISTER
Sequel to the hint given during the press 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 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 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including:-
(i) Compulsory wearing of Facemasks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools 
(ii) Temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools 
(iii) Ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers 
(iv) Enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days. 
(v) Avoiding overcrowding, including limitations in class sizes and hostel occupancy 
(vi) Availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities
(vii) Adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/ approved by the PTF from time to time.
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.

Ben Bem Goong 
Director, Press and Public Relations 
14th January, 2021

Finally, FG Reveals When Schools Will Resume
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 made this known to the public that schools across the country will resume on January 18, 2021, until a fresh directive by the Ministry of Education.

Recall that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had said the Federal Government would review the date fixed for resumption of schools.

Speaking on a television programme, PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu said the minister did not say the date has been changed.

“As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date,” Aliyu said.

“He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.

“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, said travels, reopening of schools, businesses and religious centres have contributed to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

Mustapha stated this during the PTF media briefing in Abuja, on Monday.

The Federal Government lead by President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a lover of Academics and a father figure to Nigerians instituted the presidential task force team(PTF) to help in reducing the virus and making possible plans towards school resumption.

However, the federal government have allowed state government to resume school and make sure they adhere strictly to health guidelines.

At the moment, students are happy with the decision of the federal government because they are certain to resume school activities in due time.

The federal government asked state governments to resume school activities whenever they are ready.

If Your State Is Listed Here, Resume School On 2nd October:

1. Delta state

2. Ekiti state

Below are some states with their date of resumption. With these updates, students should prepare intensively towards the resumption of schools in their various states.

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