The Federal Government has stated that it has given state governments the consent to decide resumption dates in their states.
Honourable Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, who stated this in Abuja, said it is important for all governors to adhere to the safety guidelines for the reopening of schools.
“It is no longer in our hands whether schools should open or not.
“It is the local authority there that decided when they are ready. Children are already known for low mortality rate. We believe that they might not necessarily be able to handle mask-wearing very well at that age. Make sure you cover and protect them very well. The guardian should respect the school’s new development,” he said.
Nwajiuba said the Federal Government will continue to work with state government to ensure that the protocols recommended for them were followed strictly.
The Federal Government in March, ordered the closure of all schools, to contain the spread of Coronavirus while in July it released a guideline for the reopening of schools at every level in the country, which outlined actions, measures, and requirements needed for resumption across the country.
Most state governments have started announcing their resumption since the Federal Government released the guidelines for school reopening. Such states include Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Benue, and Ekiti.
In Lagos, students in JS3 and SS2 in public schools are to resume classes from September 21, “while students in other classes are to continue taking lessons online and other distance learning platforms.”
The Lagos State government also said private primary and secondary schools in Lagos State are permitted to resume from Monday, September 21.
In Ogun, students are to resume in phased schooling from Monday September 21.