The federal ministry of education has released guidelines ahead of resumption, these guidelines is for all levels Universities,polytechnics, primary and secondary schools, Although the federal ministry of education has not disclosed the exact date for schools resumption in Nigeria but base on the ongoing poll on twitter which goes SHOULD NIGERIAN SCHOOLS REOPEN IN SEPTEMBER? This gives an inkling that the federal government released the reopen guidelines ahead of september reopening of schools in Nigeria for all levels.
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In these circumstances, risk assessments must be undertaken with the best interests of the learners, teachers, and other education personnel in mind.
The federal ministry of education has also released List of Acronyms that have been updated following the outbreak of the deadly virus (COVID-19) noe that these Acronyms can be used for Examination purposes and as such we urge final year students sitting for exams this year to study them carefully.
CHEW: Community Health Extension Worker
COVID-19: Corona Virus Disease 2019
ECCDE: Early Childhood Care Development and Education
EIEWGN: Education in Emergencies Working Group Nigeria
EMIS: Education Management Information System
EOC: Emergency Operating Centre
FME: Federal Ministry of Education
FMoEnv: Federal Ministry of Environment
FMHDSD: Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
FMIC: Federal Ministry of Information and Culture
FMoH: Federal Ministry of Health
IEC: Information, Education, and Communication
IDP: Internally Displaced Persons
LGA: Local Government Area
LGEA: Local Government Education Authority
MDAs: Ministries, Departments and Agencies
M&E: Monitoring and Evaluation
MHPSS: Mental Health Psychosocial Support
NBC: National Broadcasting Commission
NCC: National Communications Commission
NCDC Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
NEG: Nigeria Education Group
NERDC: Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council
NHRC: National Human Rights Commission
NGOs: Non-governmental Organizations
NMEC:National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education
NTI: National Teachers Institute
NOA: National Orientation Agency
NUC: National Universities Commission
PTA: Parent-Teacher Association
PTF: Presidential Task Force on COVID-19
SAME: State Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult & Non-Formal Education
SBMCs: School-Based Management Committees
SMoEs: State Ministries of Education
SMoEnv: State Ministries of Environment
SMoHs: State Ministries of Health
SMoIs: State Ministries of Information
SUBEB: State Universal Basic Education Board
TETFund: Tertiary Education Trust Fund
TLCs: Temporary Learning Centers
TRCN: Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria
UBEC: Universal Basic Education Commission
UNICEF: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
WASH: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
WHO :World Health Organization
Now is the time to plan and address the eventual safe reopening of schools and learning facilities. It will be recalled that at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, schools and all learning facilities were closed in order to safeguard the health and general wellbeing of our children, youths, teachers,and educational personnel. As a responsible government, it is also our duty to provide comprehensive guidelines for a safe and hitch-free reopening of schools and learning facilities. We do so knowing that the health, safety, and security of learners,Teachers, education personnel, and families are priorities.
The Guidelines for Schools and Learning Facilities Reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic Closures out
Reopening after COVID-19 Pandemic Closures outlines key strategies for implementing safe, efficient, actions.
The document focuses on attendance, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning, and non-pharmaceutical interventions for safe and healthy school activities and programs. Given that COVID-19 may be with us
for a while, the guidelines also highlight the urgent need to maintain and improve upon distance-learning
programs. Our aim is to identify and strengthen programs that will guarantee the recovery of learning gaps
resulting from the pandemic.
The guidelines were drafted in close coordination with health, environmental, education, and school safety
experts who were tasked with the responsibility of charting a pathway for safely reopening our schools and
learning facilities for quality teaching and learning. The approach ensured that stakeholders provided regular feedback throughout the process.
The Federal Ministry of Education expresses gratitude to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Education in Emergencies
Working Group in Nigeria (EiEWGN) for their support and contribution in the development of the guidelines. Collaboration and partnerships are also a key focus of this document. We hereby thank the various
stakeholders who have pledged their support and assistance toward the implementation of the guidelines.
It is important to recognize families, teachers, education providers, and learners who have stepped up to continue teaching and learning during this difficult time.
We must also note that the shift to remote and distant learning affected our vulnerable and economically disadvantaged learners.
The Covid-19 pandemic has thus created an opportunity to transform our approach to ensure equitable education for all learners.
Planning for the safe reopening of schools and learning facilities means that we must continue to build capacity-both in resources and human development to address the needs of all learners.
The guidelines are useful tools and resources for state governments,parents and education providers as we plan safe reopening of schools and learning facilities. We know the scale of the challenge in addressing the deep-rooted issues in the education sector. However, we remain determined and committed to take responsibility and supporting learners,families and administrators and education personnel during this difficult time.
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