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FG Orders Schools To Reopen on September 22


The Federal Government has directed all public and private primary and secondary schools in the country to reopen for the 2014/2015 academic session on Monday, September 22.
The decision to reopen the schools ahead of the October 13 date earlier announced was reached after a meeting of the Minister of Education and all Commissioners of Education in Abuja. The decision was taken putting the near containment of the Ebola Virus Disease into consideration.
While speaking after the meeting on Friday, Minister for Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau said those who attended the meeting were satisfied with the measures put in place so far to combat the virus.
It was decided at the meeting that “all Primary and Secondary schools, both Public and Private which were supposed to remain closed until Monday 13th October, 2014 will now reopen on Monday 22nd September, 2014 which is the new school resumption date for all schools throughout the Federation.
All State Ministries of Education are to continue in the training of at least two (2) staff in each school, both Public and Private, by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola and also continue on the sensitization of all Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff in all schools on preventive measures. This training of staff must be concluded before the new resumption date.
All State Ministries of Education should establish a Working and Monitoring Team for effective supervision of school activities before and after opening of schools.
Each State Ministry of Education should appoint a designated Desk Officer not later than who should also receive appropriate training and who must report on daily basis to the Honourable Commissioner on situation in the schools. The names of such Desk Officers, their phone numbers and e-mail addresses should be communicated to the Headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Education before the new resumption date.
All Primary and Secondary schools, both Public and Private should be provided with a minimum of two (2) Blood Pressure Measuring Equipment by the State Ministries of Education. The State Ministries should determine the number of such equipment required and forward same to the Federal Ministry of Education before resumption date. The Federal Ministry of Education will liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that appropriate equipment are procured.
All the above measures shall also apply in all Federal Government Colleges.
State Governments are called upon to support their State Ministries of Education with all necessary funds to ensure effective implementation of these preventive measures”.

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