Federal Government Insists On January 18 As Resumption Date For Schools

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Federal Government has insisted that the 18th of January 2021 resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

This was disclosed yesterday in a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong.

The Ministry, however, explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others. 

Earlier this week, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation. 

This had sparked fears among many Nigerians that schools resumption might be put on hold indefinitely even though many states in the country had set dates for the reopening of the learning centers. 

The Federal Government had on the 21st of December 2020 ordered the closure of schools across the country until the 18th of January 2021, even though many had closed for the year and set the resumption date for the first and second weeks of January 2021.

According to the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, the closure of the schools was to allow the COVID-19 prevention measures introduced to take effect in the learning institutions.

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