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Federal Government Set To Meet State Government To Discuss School Resumption


President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is set to meet with state governments to discuss the guidelines for the safe reopening of schools in the country.

The Federal Government had shutdown schools since March following the outbreak of Coronavirus across the country that has seen over 25,000 people infected.

Recall that the Secretary to the government of the Federation and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had on Monday announced the resumption of schools for students in the graduating classes to allow them to prepare for their examinations.

The development was, however, condemned by the Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigeria Union of Teachers as they argue that the resumption might expose teachers and students to the virus.

Meanwhile, state governments are yet to decide on the day schools will resume despite the announcement by the Federal Government.

The Commissioner for Education in Edo State, Jimoh Ijegbai, on Sunday noted that the state government is yet to decide on the modalities for schools resumption.

He said, “I just got an invitation from the Minister of Education and we are meeting on Tuesday. The truth is that we have not drawn out the modalities for their resumption. I have sent a memo to Mr Governor. We need to buy infrared (thermometers). We need to fumigate all the school premises, get hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment for teachers.”

The Chairman, Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board, Lawan Buhari, said the state ran educational programmes on the state radio and television to enable the pupils to keep up with their curricula at home.

He, however, added that, as for the resumption date for terminal pupils in primary and secondary schools, “we have yet to decide on that.”

Similarly, the Osun State Government, on Friday, said no date had been picked for school resumption in the state.

Many other state governments have stated that they are yet to decide on resumption date for schools

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