According to Ben Goong, Director, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Education, he stated that after thorough consultation, the decision not to change the January 18 school resumption date was agreed.
Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, had earlier said that the date may be altered if there is increase in COVID-19 cases.
But in a statement on Thursday, Goong said that, under strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols, schools were directed to reopen on Monday to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Sequel to the hint given during the press 12 January 2021 for the review of the proposed resumption date of 18th January 2021, the Federal Ministry of Education has undertaken a comprehensive appraisal of the situation,” the statement read.
“After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions must ensure full compliance with COVID-19 protocols including:-
“These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.”
Nigeria is witnessing the second wave of COVID-19 at the moment.
Here’s the press release statement: