COVID-19: When will schools reopen in Nigeria?


COVID-19: When will schools reopen in Nigeria?

Parents, guardians and even students themselves all want to know when schools in Nigeria will be reopening.

Teacher and Students

A handful of questions like the ones below have continuously made headlines:

  • When will schools reopen in Nigeria?
  • When is school resuming
  • When is school reopening in Nigeria
  • When is school resuming in Nigeria
  • When is school going to resume
  • When is school opening
  • When is school reopening

Education sector appears to be one of the worst-hit sectors by the COVID -19 pandemic due to abrupt closure of schools.  It is reported at the height of the pandemic that over 1.2 billion children globally were out of the school system due to the pandemic with most of them resorting to remote learning as a strategy to meet up with the educational needs of the learners.

While parents, guardians and students are not the only ones asking the above questions. Private school owners are also asking the same question, not to talk of over one million teaching and non-teaching staff in private primary and secondary schools who are facing serious economic challenges occasioned by the threat posed to their jobs by the fallouts from COVID-19 pandemic.

While iWanSabi is not the Federal Government of Nigeria that has the power to lift ban on school closure, we felt it will be nice sharing with you few things we have learned about these questions in the past few days.

Here are few things we have learned:

  • On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus (COVID-19) response during its daily briefing, asked businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship and educational institutions, awaiting reopening to use the additional two weeks to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines, for the new life ahead.
  • Chairman of the PTF COVID-19 and Secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, speaking at the daily briefing on Tuesday, also urged Nigerians to prepare for “behavioral change” which he said ” is a must for every citizen because COVID-19 has changed the world completely”
  • On Thursday, May 21, 2020,  National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) which is the umbrella body for the private school owners in Nigeria with a membership that cuts across all states of the federation at different fora and avenues, called on the Federal Government to embark on a gradual reopening of schools in the country, beginning with students in terminal classes such as primary 6, Junior Secondary School Class Three and Senior Secondary School Class Three.
  • The school owners, who spoke through their National President, Chief Yomi Otubela, in Lagos, suggested that states with low incidence of Coronavirus outbreak or where the figures of cases are going down, should have their schools reopened first.
  • The group said reopening of the school would put an end to the disruption in the system and allow final year students prepare for their exams.
  • NAPPS, however, added that adequate precautionary steps and sensitisation should be put in place to safeguard the health and safety of teachers and students.

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