COVID-19: Bauchi State Govt. Announces Date For School Resumption

COVID-19: Bauchi State Govt. Announces Date For School Resumption

According to Mr Aliyu Tilde, the State Commissioner for Education, the government of Bauchi ordered the re-opening of the schools from October 12.

Tilde told a news conference in Bauchi on Friday that the date had been decided upon after due deliberation by stakeholders in the state.

However, tertiary institutions are also excluded from the resumption, he said.

Bauchi State Govt. Announces Date For School Resumption

Bauchi State Govt. Announces Date For School Resumption

The Commissioner warned that any school which does not comply with all of the COVID-19 regulations laid down by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) will not be permitted to reopen.

“At the stakeholders meeting, it was resolved that all primary and secondary schools in the state can reopen starting from Oct. 12, subject to their adherence to all the COVID-19 regulations on school reopening.

“We shall expand the COVID-19 school reopening template that was successfully used to reopen the SS3 classes in August, to cover the reopening of other classes.

“No school shall reopen unless and until it meets the conditions stipulated in the schedule of reopening.

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“This simply means that not all schools may open on the said date,’’ he said.

Bauchi State Govt. Announces Date For School Resumption

Bauchi State Govt. Announces Date For School Resumption

Tilde clarified that the COVID-19 focal individual in the state will control and ensure compliance with the stipulated conditions.

The Commissioner also said that all schools with a low-level population should completely resume and operate their regular school hours, as social distances can easily be accomplished when following other COVID-19 school protocols.

“However, in order to fulfil the criteria of COVID-19 for social distancing, schools of moderate and high size would stagger their hours and days vertically and horizontally,” he said.

Tilder also clarified that all public schools must be decontaminated before re-opening.

He added that all teaching and supporting staff in public schools were required to fully resume work at their duty station on Oct. 3.

The commissioner said this would enable them to prepare fully for the school calendar year.

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