The Nigerian federal government on Friday, ordered nationwide reopening of schools starting from October 12th.
The directive issued by the minister for Education, Adamu Adamu in Abuja during a media briefing is coming despite the covid-19 pandemic which necessitated the closure of all schools a few months ago.
Mr Adamu said government had made prior consultation with stakeholders in the education sector, including the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria, (APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS).
He said others were the Provost of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice Chancellors of Universities, State Governors and development partners.
“We have decided that all our 104 Unity Colleges should reopen on the 12th of October, 2020,” the Minister disclosed.
“States and private school owners will work out the modalities for the opening of schools under their purview,” he said.
The Minister explained “Having taken that painful but necessary decision, government has not rested on its oars in the areas of consultation with stakeholders, putting together guidelines for reopening of schools and preparations required of school owners to reopen.”
“I am glad to report that in all our 104 Unity Colleges, there has not been a single case of COVID-19 infection so far. The isolated cases we have had in other schools are minimal. It is gratifying to note that on the whole, there has not been a single fatality amongst the exiting students,” he said.
He warned that any school that failed to comply with the guidelines and should there be any outbreak, risk closure.