COVID-19: Kaduna Govt Approves February 22 As School Resumption Date 

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai (File Photo)

 

The Kaduna State Government has approved Monday, February, 22,  as the resumption date for students of SS2, SS1 and JS2 in Public and Private Secondary Schools.

The date which is the second phase of school resumptions in the state will also include pupils of Primary 4, 5, and 6 for Public Primary Schools and Primary 3, 2, 1 and Nursery classes for Private Primary Schools including Islamiyah Schools respectively.

In view of this, the Kaduna State Ministry of Education has directed all Principals and Head Teachers to make arrangements to receive Boarding and Day students of the above-stated classes on Monday, February 22.

In a statement signed on Friday the Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, Usman Muhammad, said schools will continue to run shifts to enable them sustain the guidelines already in place and take personal responsibility for their own health by continuing to abide by the simple preventive measures already in place.

He explained that the state COVID-19 Task Force will continue monitoring all schools to ensure that a safe learning environment is maintained.

Muhammad also warned all administrators of public and private schools to continue to comply with all COVID-19 Protocols as any violation may lead to the closure of the affected school without any notice.

“School Administrators of public and private schools should continue implementing the blended learning system while the Ministry is assuring the public of continuing the e-learning program using Google classrooms, radio and television stations and other online platforms.

“The Ministry appreciates the support of all stakeholders in the education sector and calls on them not to relent in joining its various monitoring teams to ensure safe learning environment for all learners,” the statement read.

COVID-19: Secondary Schools In Three Edo LGAs To Run On Shift-Basis

Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.
Edo State is a state in Southern Nigeria.

The Edo State Government has directed secondary schools in three local government areas of the state to run two shifts to ensure strict adherence to the state’s guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Stella-Maris Imasuen, in a statement, noted that the directive was in line with the earlier announcement by the Edo State Government on the resumption of schools on Monday, February 1, 2021.

According to her, the local governments are students’ densely populated areas including Oredo, Ikpoba Okha, and Egor LGAs.

Imasuen disclosed that for the three LGAs, Junior Secondary School students are to resume 8am in the morning, while Senior Secondary School students will resume by 12:30pm.

The statement reads: “In line with the earlier announcement by the Edo State Government on the resumption of schools on Monday February 1, 2021, the government hereby announces that secondary schools in Oredo, Ikpoba Okha and Egor Local Government Areas (LGAs) are to run two shifts.

“Junior Secondary School students are to resume 8am in the morning while Senior Secondary School students will resume by 12:30pm.

“The school authorities are mandated to ensure strict adherence to the state’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prevention protocols.”

Edo is one of the states worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with 3,762 confirmed cases of Friday evening.

OAU Announces Resumption Date, Cancels 2020/2021 Academic Session

 

The leadership of the Obafemi Awolowo University has announced the resumption date for the continuation of the 2019/2020 academic session, nearly 10 months after activities were suspended.

The decision which was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the registrar, Mrs M. I. Omosule, was said to have been reached after a meeting of the institution’s Senate.

According to the statement, Final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences and year four (4) students in the Faculty of Agriculture are to resume 7th February 7, while all other students are to attend their classes virtually.

Lectures are expected to commence immediately on February 8 and staff and students have been urged to adheres strictly to all COVID-19 safety measures put in place to curb further spread of the virus.

The institution, however, noted that the approved resumption programme is subject to periodic review in line with the realities and trend of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Senate approved cancellation of the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

Kano: School Resumption Dates Remain Intact – Commissioner

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A map of Kano, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

Kano State Commissioner of Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru has disputed the widely circulated rumour that schools in Kano will not resume on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th of January.

Clearing the air to that effect, the Commissioner reaffirmed the earlier directives issued by the ministry that all boarding schools students in the state should resume Today Sunday the 17th of January 2021 while day students are to resume tomorrow Monday 18th of January 2021.

He, therefore, urged parents, guardians and the general public to discard the widely circulated rumour, saying that it is not true, as Kano state government has no plan to extend the resumption dates.

The commissioner then called on the parents to comply with the directives so that their wards would resume in time for the commencement of the academic calendar which has been released by the ministry.

Many states in the country have announced the resumption of schools despite a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria. Other states have equally postponed the reopening of schools over fears about the increasing level of infections in the country.

The Federal Government had earlier given a go-ahead for schools to be reopened in Nigeria but called for strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

“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,” the ministry added.

 

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.
A file photo of students writing an examination on August 17, 2020.

 

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had earlier hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation.

READ ALSO: [Fact-Check] Has FG Indefinitely Postponed School Resumption?

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

 

Fact-Check: Has FG Indefinitely Postponed School Resumption?

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.

 

On Monday evening, Nigeria’s social media space was abuzz with news that the Federal Government had indefinitely postponed the resumption of schools in the West African nation. 

The Claim

Several social media users and bloggers had, following a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the same day, went ahead to post that the country’s schools would not be resuming until further notice due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Africa’s most populous nation.

READ ALSO: How Increased Travels, Religious Activities, Others Triggered Hike In COVID-19 Cases – PTF

Some of the tweets – which had garnered hundreds of likes and retweets – quoted the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to have issued a statement putting the resumption of schools in Nigeria on hold as against the earlier plans for students to return to classrooms on January 18th, 2020. A screengrab of a comment – from a television station – attributing the statement to the minister had equally gained traction on the cyberspace.

The hashtags #university, #ASUU and #FG were among the major trends late Monday on Twitter as students, mostly from universities across the country, decried the purported postponement of academic activities.

School Resumption: The Fact

The Nigerian Government had on Monday said it was reviewing plans for the restart of academic activities in schools after it had earlier pegged the reopening date at 18th of January.

 

A file photo of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

 

“It (January 18 date for reopening schools) is not sacrosanct. When we decided on that date it was just a target towards what we were working on,” the Education Minister had said during the PTF briefing held in Abuja.

“Of course, we are keeping it in view and looking at what is happening in society and then it is supposed to be subject to constant review.

“Even today (Monday) at the PTF meeting, we looked at the rising figures and thought about if we should probably take another look at it. On the January 18 resumption, we are reviewing it, we are going to review it. At the PTF meeting today (Monday) we considered it and tomorrow (today, Tuesday), the Ministry is going to take it up.”

Verdict

Reports about the indefinite suspension of school resumption are FALSE. As of the time of this report, no decision has been taken by the Federal Government to indefinitely move the reopening of learning institutions in Nigeria due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.

School Resumption: Lagos Govt Puts In Place Safety Measures

Students seen observing social distancing and wearing of facemasks

 

The Lagos State government has put in place some safety measures for transitional students who have been allowed to write their West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

At Vetland Senior Grammar school, Oko Oba, Agege, hand basins, running water, santisers, digital thermometer for temperature check have been put in place in other to keep the students safe from COVID-19.

Social distancing is being observed including wearing face masks.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja in an interview with Channels Television said an emergency room has been set aside for students or teachers who have symptoms of COVID-19.

She further noted that the teachers have also been trained on how to handle such cases when the emergency sets in.

Lagos Graduating Students To Resume On August 3

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had announced August 3 as the new date for the partial resumption of schools in the state.

Announcing the date at a media briefing, the governor said the resumption is for those in SSS 3.

According to the governor, the decision was taken after a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.

He, however, clarified that though schools would be reopened for the transitional classes on August 3, students in Senior Secondary School three and Technical School three would resume first.

He added that pupils in primary schools and Junior Secondary School three students would resume school a week or two weeks after the SSS3 students’ resumption.

Teachers Won’t Resume If Ebola Preventive Materials Are Not Provided – Lagos NUT

Adesegun RaheemThe Nigerian Union of Teachers Lagos Chapter Chairman, Adesegun Raheem, has reiterated the union’s resolve that teachers would only resume school on September 22, as directed by the Federal Government, if preventive materials to reduce the risk of contacting the Ebola Virus Disease, were provided.

Appearing as a guest on Sunrise Daily on Friday, Raheem insisted that nothing had changed about the chapter’s decision to resume school on September 22.

“We actually spoke with the government and we reminded them of the meeting they had with the Minister for Education on the safety requirements and preventive gadgets that must be put in place in our schools, before school resumes,” he said, noting that “if those things are there, we will resume”.

He disclosed that a government official had contacted him to let him know that some of the gadgets would be distributed on Friday.

“We have sent our delegation down there to look into it and if they are distributed and are in their actual number, in the normal quantity, then we would call the head office to inform them and they will give us the go-ahead to actually resume.”

He noted that the Union had initially asked the Federal Government to constitute a stakeholders meeting which will have all those concerned in attendance and then, a comprehensive solution can be found to the problem.

“If they had prevented the situation from the beginning, the situation we are (in) now wouldn’t have been.”

He noted that the Lagos State government had provided some of the materials needed with further promise to provide the remaining facilities by Friday.

“They said they would provide some today. There’s still time. Today is Friday. Monday is about three days away. If they are provided and in their right quantity,” we will resume.

He stressed that hand gloves, sanitizers, running water, soap and infrared thermometer scanners are the major items that have been requested for.

Before now, the moment a child tells you, in school, he or she is sick, the first thing you want to do is feel the temperature and medical officials have told us that it is important that when somebody is sick, don’t touch. Don’t even move close, until that person is certified to be negative of Ebola Virus.”

He noted that the teachers and students also need enlightenment concerning the disease. This, he said would curb the spread of the fear of Ebola.

According to him, the Lagos state government had conducted about three seminars and some teachers were invited.

He also said that teachers have been designated as emergency desk officers in some schools.

There are about 1300 primary schools and about 500 secondary schools, owned by government in Lagos.

All Schools To Resume On September 22 – FG

schools_waecThe Federal Government has directed all schools to resume on September 22.

The postponement of resumption date of schools to October 13, had been a precautionary measure against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

However, the date has been shifted forward to September 22 following a review ordered by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The FEC, recently ordered the Minister of Education, Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, to review the directive given to schools over their resumption, following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.

More details to follow.