Federal Ministry of Education Releases Schools Reopening guidelines for Universities,poly and secondary schools

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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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