FG Schools Resumption Guidelines has been released amidst coronavirus spike in Nigeria.
Awesomekoncepts News Online Nigeria reports that the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja on Monday noted that to obey the safe distancing measures in schools and other learning facilities, students must be directed to remain two meters apart.
Nigeria’s burgeoning online news platform, Awesomekoncepts News Online Nigeria gathered that the rules which were signed by Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education and Minister of State (Education), Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba was developed together with the Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Health and health safety experts within the country.
The document read thus, “However, there are exceptions where the two-meter rule can’t be reasonably applied and other risk mitigation strategies could also be adopted. Examples include early years, younger grade school children, and people with additional needs.
“In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the simplest interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel in mind. The scenarios require organizing learners and youngsters into small groups with consistent membership and compliance with the danger mitigation strategies. The membership of those groups shouldn’t change unless the NCDC public health guideline suggests otherwise.”
Following the rules released by the federal , the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has said it might conduct a rapid assessment and determine funding requirement for upgrading infrastructure and facilities (such as classrooms, furniture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-WASH and ICT facilities) to satisfy and sustain prescribed safe school reopening requirements.
According to the govt , it had been time for it to plan and address the safe reopening of faculties after months of been locked, adding that the rules included a review of existing policies, practices, and risk mitigation strategies within the use of faculties for other purposes, like distance learn-ing centres, temporary shelters, isolation, quarantine and treatment centres, markets, voting centres, among others.
“COVID – 19 pandemic poses a huge risk to the health and safety of learners, teachers, parents, school administrators, education practitioners, and therefore the wider community…More than 1.5 billion children and children globally are suffering from school and university closures.
“As a responsible government,Awesomekoncepts News Online Nigeria proves that is additionally our duty to supply comprehensive guidelines for a secure and hitch-free reopening of faculties and learning facilities. We do so knowing that the health, safety, and security of learners, teachers, education personnel, and families are priorities”, it stressed.
The guidelines dealt extensively on equitable plans for college reopening and operations, that specialize in attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programmes.
He explained that the necessity to develop the rules became imperative, “given that COVID – 19 could also be with us for a short time .”
Adamu said the rules also highlight the urgent got to maintain and improve upon distance-learning programs.
Speaking on FG Schools Resumption Guidelines, the Minister said, “Our aim is to spot and strengthen programmes which will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps resulting from the pandemic.
“The guidelines were drafted in close coordination with health, environmental, education, and faculty 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.”