By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Following series of meetings, consultations, and deliberations with relevant groups, associations, and stakeholders on key areas of concern as the government plans to reopen schools, consequent to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced shutdown of academic institutions in the country, the Federal Government has formally released guidelines for the safe reopening of schools In the country.
The Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities Reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic Closures, which was published on the official website of the Federal Ministry of Education, contains actions, measures, and requirements needed for the safe reopening of schools after the containment of the virus, and outlines key strategies for implementing safe and efficient and equitable plans for school reopening and operations, and focuses on attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programs.
Again, the guidelines highlight the urgent need to maintain and improve upon distance-learning programs, with the aim of identifying and strengthening programs that will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps resulting from the pandemic. It is a strategy document developed to provide the necessary support to stakeholders for the safe reopening of schools and resumption of academic activities
The 52-paged communique was signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and Minister of State (Education), Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, and developed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health, and health safety experts in the country.