The Federal Government has released guidelines ahead of the planned resumption of schools at every level in the country but failed to disclose the dates. (Scroll Down To Read guidelines for schools’ resumption)
The guidelines outlined actions, measures, and requirements needed for the safe reopening of schools after the COVID–19 pandemic.
According to the guidelines released by the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja on Monday, the safe distancing measures in the new guidelines required that in schools and other learning facilities, learners should be supported to stay two meters apart.
The guidelines which was signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and Minister of State (Education), Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba was developed in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health, and health safety experts in the country.
The document reads: “However, there are exceptions where the two-meter rule cannot be reasonably applied and other risk mitigation strategies may be adopted.
Examples include early years, younger primary school children, and those with additional needs. “In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel in mind.
The scenarios require organizing learners and children into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the risk mitigation strategies.
The guidelines dealt extensively on equitable plans for school reopening and operations, focusing on attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programmes.
Adamu explained that the need to develop the guidelines became imperative, “given that COVID – 19 may be with us for a while.” He said the guidelines also highlight the urgent need to maintain and improve upon distance-learning programs.
The Minister said: “Our aim is to identify and strengthen programmes that will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps resulting from the pandemic.
“The guidelines were drafted in close coordination with health, environmental, education, and school safety experts who were tasked with the responsibility of charting a pathway for safely reopening our schools and learning facilities for quality teaching and learning.COVID-19-GUIDELINES-FOR-SAFE-REOPENING-OF-SCHOOLS-LEARNING-FACILITIES