COVID-19: FCT asks schools resuming not to charge school fees


As schools resume fully for the 2019/2020 academic session on Monday, 12th October, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration has asked schools not to charge school fees for Third Term.

Chairman, FCT Schools Resumption Committee, Dr Fatima Abdulrahman, who read the guidelines for the post COVID-19 school resumption during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, disclosed that there would not be third term.

She warned private schools against demanding for third term fees, adding that the maximum class size should be 25 students per class.

Abdulrahman directed schools to conduct revision and examination to tidy up and end second term within two weeks.

She said that the FCT administration had suspended all activities that encourages crowding and clustering in schools.

She said every school should have a sick bay where students with high temperature would be kept under the supervision of health personnel until their parents come for them.

She warned that “any school that does not comply with the guidelines and an outbreak occurs in the school due to negligence risks closure.”

FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello said boarding schools were to resume on Sunday; and day schools, Monday.

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He said the decision to reopen schools had been probably one of the most painstaking decision that the FCT administration had to take as a team.

“Based on the reality on ground as well as the inputs and advice of medical personnel and the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and releases from the Federal Ministry of Education, we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s relatively safe for us to open up schools in the FCT base on certain guidelines and conditions which will be release shortly,” he said.

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