Nigerian Schools in some states including the Federal Capital Territory have been directed to reopen for the 2020/2021 academic session today January 18.
The reopening of schools comes amidst the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic in the country with Nigeria’s confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 late Sunday.
The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the West African country has caused anxiety among parents who are calling on the government to rescind its decision to reopen schools.
However, the Government has insisted that students obeying the COVID-19 protocols including the wearing of face-masks will go a long way in curbing the spread of the pandemic.
Ben Goong, the spokesperson for the Nigerian education ministry, outlined some of the set guidelines as follows;
“Parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols, including the compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers, and workers in all schools, temperature checks, and handwashing facilities at strategic locations in all schools,”
“Also, they must ensure a constant supply of water, hand sanitizers, and enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days,” Goong added.
COVID19 is real, the second wave is real. Together we can overcome this pandemic and make our society safer for all.