The Federal Government has ordered school owners to meet specific guidelines by July 29 on reopening of schools, at a date to be announced later.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba who gave the directive in a statement in Abuja said the ministry, having consulted widely with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC and the Education in Emergencies Working Group, had developed and circulated guidelines for the reopening of schools.
He emphasised that school owners are to prepare and comply with the guidelines, saying schools were to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to states ministries of education, not later than July 29.
The also added that consultations with relevant stakeholders would be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.
Nwajiuba said having taken the painful, but necessary decision not to reopen schools without preparations to ensure the safety of students and teachers, the ministry had continued consultations with stakeholders, and a mechanism to assess and monitor compliance would be put in place.
Nwajiuba added his ministry had met with WAEC and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on a new examination date.