The Federal Government says state governments and school administrators should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country.
You will recall that schools in the country were shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.
However, the announcement of the resumption of graduating pupils was effective August 4, 2020, to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.
Some state governments such as Lagos and Kogi had subsequently announced the full reopening of schools effective mid-September.
Speaking on Thursday, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, said the task force recommends phased return of students to classrooms.
Aliyu said, “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.
“Meanwhile, all daycare and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed.
And if there will be an opening of schools, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”