FG Bows to Pressure, Reopens Schools for Graduating Students

The federal government monday bowed to pressure to reopen secondary schools in the country closed at the onset of COVID-19 in March, 2020.

It said in a statement that it has given approval for schools to reopen on August 4, 2020, for pupils in exit classes to sit for their examinations.

It added that the students would have two weeks to prepare for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), which commences on August 17.

But in a swift reaction, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has listed eight conditions for safe re-opening of schools even as former vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other private school owners hailed the decision of the federal government.

The government announced the decision at the end of a virtual consultative meeting held yesterday between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

A statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), Mr. Ben Goong, said: “Stakeholders at the meeting agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.

Source: this day news

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