COVID-19: FG Lists New Guidelines For Schools Reopening (See Details): President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has revealed specific guidelines for schools to meet before they are reopened across the country.
Guidelines For Schools Reopening
Speaking to the newsmen on Friday, Minister of State Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated that the guidelines cover four thematic areas.
The Minister said that they include staying at home and learning safely before the re-opening of schools and learning facilities; re-opening process; and conditions for safety when learning facilities are re-opened.
According to Nwajiuba, in each of these areas actions and responsibilities are identified for various stakeholders such as “policy, financing, safe operations, learning, training, reaching the most marginalized, building back better, safety and hygiene, Infection Prevention and Control, (IPC).”
He added that staying at home and learning in a safe environment will address the basic physical safety needs of learners and educators.
The Minister stated that it would also ensure that all learners and members of their families remain safe.
“This means that all education environments must be inclusive irrespective of location, access to the internet, and socio-economic background,” he added.
He said actions recommended to safeguard the health, safety and security of learners include: “Conduct online training that not only prepares teachers to teach in a way that safeguards the health, safety, and security of the learners but also enables them to facilitate learning using 21st-century pedagogy based on Information and Communications Technology, (ICT).
“Revise to strengthen current remote learning programs initially launched to strengthen curriculum support to improve relevance and quality on a grade-to-level basis”.
“Provide learners access to online resources materials online learning platforms, radio or television programs.
“Children and young people should regularly wash their hands at home, maintain personal hygiene and adhere to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Covid-19 guidelines.”
Nwajiuba said that schools must also put in place measures such as safe distance procedures; review existing policies , practices and risk mitigation strategies; develop and display day-to-day context-specific reference protocols in schools; conduct risk assessments and make recommendations for addressing gaps, safety and hygiene.
Others include awareness-raising, financing, learning and monitoring procedures.