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Nigerian students eager to return to school had some good news on Thursday, September 3, 2020, as the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, directed schools across the country to start working towards resumption. Mr. Aliyu who noted that the reopening would be done in phases urged state governments to start conducting a risk assessment to ensure schools comply with COVID-19 safety protocols and also create platforms to constantly monitor the compliance of schools to these protocols.
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For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase. However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness – Sani Aliyu
Commenting further, Aliyu noted that daycare centres must remain closed until the risk assessment at this level is thoroughly conducted. However, the government official stated that if schools must open, it must be gradual in phases as the government is aware of the risk attached to children being easily vulnerable to the contact and spread of the infection.
Meanwhile, daycare centres should remain closed until this level of risk is assessed. If there will be opening of schools, it must be stage and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home – Sani Aliyu

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It will be recalled that in March 2020, when the spread of coronavirus was at its peak, the federal government locked down schools as part of measures to contain the spread of the virus. The government would go on to reopen schools in July 2020, for students who are currently writing their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Source Featured image source: BORGEN Magazine
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This article was first published on 7th September 2020


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