There was a ray of hope on Tuesday that Nigerian University Reopening and other schools may be a possibility after being shut in march due to corona-virus pandemic. The Federal Government however, listed six conditions for each school to fulfill before to protect pupils and students against Coronavirus Disease [COVID-19].
The presidential task force also asked all heads of schools; VC, Principals, Proprietors and others to start working on how to put the measures in place ahead of resumption of classes. Among other conditions demands we gathered is decontamination of all schools and new class sizes, which will accommodate social and physical distancing.
Furthermore, the government assured anxious parents of final year secondary school students that it was discussing with the National Examinations Council [NECO], National Business and Technical Examinations Board [NABTEB] and West Africa Examinations Council [WAEC] on ways of responding to the [COVID-19] pandemic challenge.
The discussion had been focusing on how the students will sit for the Senior School Certificate Examination.
“While we want to ease the lock down as soon as it’s safe to do so; which will ultimately lead to Nigerian University Reopening, I urge all the Heads of Institutions not to wait till the announcement on reopening before putting in place all necessary measures in compliance with the protocols and advisories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“All Institutions must have the following in place:
(1) Hand-washing facilities,
(2) Body temperature checks
(3) Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hostels, classes, offices, etc.
(4) The whole premises of each institution must be decontaminated and
(5) All efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene
(6) Ensure Social] Physical Distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces.