Nwajiuba gives guidelines to school owners on reopening

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba

THE Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has directed school owners in the country to meet specific guidelines by July 29, towards the reopening of schools, at a date to be announced later.

He made the pronouncement in a statement on Friday, in Abuja.

The statement signed by the Director Information in the ministry, Mr Ben Goong stated that the ministry has consulted widely with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Education in Emergencies Working Group, before articulating the guidelines for the reopening of schools.

According to Nwajiuba, school owners are to prepare and comply with the guidelines.

He said schools were to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to state ministries of education, before the end of July.

The Minister of State added that consultations with relevant stakeholders would be held to review the situation and decide on a specific date for reopening or otherwise.

The Minister also said that 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.

He stated: “Since Tuesday last week, we have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including commissioners of education in all the states of the federation and the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON).

“Others are the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools,(NAPPS), Provosts of colleges of education, rectors of polytechnics, vice chancellors of universities, some state governors, and  development partners.”

He clarified the position of the government of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), which had already released a timetable for examinations. 

Nwajiuba stated: “We met with WAEC on Monday, and have agreed to further consult with four other countries on a new examination date.

“We appreciate the concern shown by all stakeholders and noted the divergent views expressed on the matter.”

He assured parents that the safety of students and teachers was paramount and that the ministry was working assiduously towards the speedy reopening of schools for the exit classes to sit for their examinations.


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