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January 18 Schools Resumption Stands – FG

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The January 18, 2021 resumption date for schools stands, federal government has said.

Ben Goong, director, press and public relations of the federal ministry of education, in a statement, on Thursday, said the decision was taken after wide consultation with stakeholders.

Recall that Adamu Adamu, minister of education, had said the resumption date will be reviewed due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Nigeria is currently battling second wave of the deadly virus.

However, in a statement on Thursday, the education ministry said schools will resume on Monday with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.

Part of the statement reads: “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.

“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.”

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