FACT CHECK: FG Announces September 21 for Schools Reopening in Nigeria

The Federal Government has set to reopen the Tertiary Institutions, Primary and Secondary schools in the country on the 21st of September, 2020.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu at the end of this week’s federal Executive Council meeting.

Adamu Adamu also said stakeholders were expected to continue to put protocols in place towards the reopening of schools according to the guidelines set by the Federal Ministry of Education after which the State Government of Osun has announced a new schedule for the reopening of schools in the State, as resumption of schools has been tentatively set for September 21, 2020.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, at the end of this week’s State Executive Council meeting, the government said while stakeholders are expected to continue to put protocols in place towards the reopening of schools according to the guidelines set by the Federal Ministry of Education, all schools in the State are set to resume in phases with effect from September 21 for an abridged third term of the 2019/2020 academic session.

According to him, He said “All schools in the country are set to resume in phases with effect from Monday, 21 September for a completion of first semester examinations for tertiary institutions and abridged third term of the 2019/2020 academic session for Primary and Secondary Schools”

The statement read in part: “Having conducted an assessment of schools within the country to ascertain the level of preparations for general reopening of schools in the country, the federal government has scheduled schools to resume from the COVID-19 break on September 21st for a completion of first semester examinations for tertiary institutions and abridged third term of the 2019/2020 academic session for Primary and Secondary Schools, which is expected to end on October 30, 2020”.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu also added that a televised broadcast will be made by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of Presidential TaskForce (PTF) on Saturday September 5 to ease the current phase of lockdown and for schools to resume from the COVID-19 break.

Lastly, he further revealed that the ongoing industrial Strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be resolved within the remaining weeks before the scheduled resumption date.

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