Government to reopen schools for graduating students

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The Nigerian Federal Government is considering the reopening of schools for students in their graduating years.

In this case, the development affects students in Primary Six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3.

This is as it extended the Phase Two of the eased lockdown by four weeks.

It also partially lifted the ban on interstate movement. This means that interstate movements would only take place outside curfew hours.

The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 said on Monday that schools should remain closed while arrangements should be made for graduating students to write examinations.

Coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu , adde that schools should make adequate arrangements for exiting students in primary, junior and senior secondary schools.

He also stressed that Day Care and primary schools remain closed, except for primary six pupils.

He also said that arrangements be made for Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Also speaking, Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha said; “I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

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“Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect: Maintaining the current phase of the national response for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatriated by the National Coordinator; Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020; Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places; Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations and; Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable”.

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