Lockdown: FG Insists All Schools Remain Closed Amid COVID-19 Spike

Adamu-Adamu OnoBello

The Federal Government has warned all stakeholders in the sector that schools across levels remain closed amid the spread of Covid-19 across the country.

The Ministry of Education made this known through a memo dated Friday, May 8, channeled to heads of commissions and regulatory bodies in the education sector.

They also told authorities including the executive secretaries, National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and the director, Basic and Secondary Education (BSE) to dismiss the trending fake news that there has been an order for the reopening of the schools, Vanguard reports.

“Further to our earlier circular, FME/PSE/HE/1041/C 1/Vol.1/137 of 19th March 2020, this is to confirm that all schools shall remain closed as we monitor developments on the containment of COVID-19. “This is without prejudice to officers on essential services and other operational exigencies as may be determined by the chief executive of each institution.

“All chief executives and other stakeholders are to ignore ‘fake news’ on the subject matter in the social media as the situation is under constant review and any decision on the resumption shall be conveyed through the appropriate channels,” part of the memo read.

Muhammad Mahmood, the minister of environment, who disclosed this on Monday, May 4, at the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja said the schools would be disinfected before they open.

The minister said the Ministry of Environment is liaising with the Federal Ministry of Education to get the data of schools nationwide in order to carry out the exercise.

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