FG Mandate Schools To Create Isolation Center As Condition For Reopening

The Ministry of Education in its proposed guidelines submitted to the National Assembly recently has made it mandatory for schools to create isolation spaces before reopening.

This was stipulated in the document ‘Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic Closure,’ which was presented to the National Assembly, on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba.

It was indicated in the document that each schools is “required to create temporary isolation spaces and fully equipped clinics before reopening.”

Also contained in the document, is for schools to “establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel became unwell while in school.”

States wishing to reopen schools have also been mandated to “hold adequate consultations with the Presidential Tax Force on COVID-19 and the parents.

The guidelines also noted that, proprietors should construct additional structure and employ more teachers to ensure that they accommodate their students by adhering to the two-meter physical distancing in classrooms.

School owners have been asked to make provision for funds to acquire soaps and buckets, ensure regular safe water supply, constant supply of learning and instructional materials and payment of salary in due time.

Recall that the minister of State for education, Emeka Nwajiuba while meeting with the State Committee on Basic and Secondary Education at the upper chambers presented the proposed guideline document which explains the ministry’s plan for schools to resume.

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