181 STUDENTS, STAFF TEST POSITIVE WITH CORONAVIRUS IN LAGOS BOARDING SCHOOL

One hundred and eighty one students and staff of a private boarding school in Lekki, Lagos have tested positive for coronavirus. Lagos Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said the cases were discovered during surveillance and case investigation in the school. There are 441 students and staff in the school. Giving details of the investigation, Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on October 3 and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school. He added the student subsequently tested positive on October 6 in…

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DON’T REOPEN SCHOOLS FULLY NOW, PTF WARNS STATE GOVERNMENTS

The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has warned states planning to fully reopen schools to be guided by the experiences of countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The PTF, however, said it was not against the preparations by some states to fully reopen schools. The PUNCH had earlier reported that schools in the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. However, the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils effective August 4, 2020, to write…

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HAPHAZARD PREPARATIONS MARK SCHOOLS REOPENING AS TEACHERS, PARENTS, STATE GOVERNMENT COMPLAIN

Most schools lack hand-washing points, running water, PPE, others  Lagos, Ogun, other SSS3 students resume Tues, Gombe, Enugu undecided Dayo Ojerinde, John Charles, Adeniyi Olugbemi,Wale Oyewale, Daud Olatunji Ada Wodu, Raphael Ede, Abiodun Nejo and Grace Edema States were on Sunday divided over the Federal Government’s directive that the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils should resume on Tuesday in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations starting on August 17. Findings by The PUNCH show that SSS3 pupils in Lagos, Benue, Kwara and Ogun states are preparing for resumption…

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FG GIVES SCHOOL PROPRIETOR 12 DAYS TO FULFIL COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS REOPENING

The Federal Government has given school owners till July, 29 to meet specific guidelines for safe reopening of schools. It said schools are expected to undertake self-assessment and send feedback to State Ministries of Education, not later than 29th July, 2020. The government said an official date for safe reopening of schools will be announced once these guidelines are in place. Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated these on Friday in Abuja. Nwajiuba said the the Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), having consulted widely, has in collaboration with…

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CORONAVIRUS: SCHOOLS MUST HAVE MANDATORY ISOLATION CENTRES BEFORE REOPENING – EDUCATION MINISTER

The Federal Government has rolled out conditions schools and learning institutions in the country must meet before reopening. The conditions are contained in a 36-page document submitted to the Senate by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu for their Information. The document obtained by our reporter is titled: “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure.” The Minister, in his forward to the document, described the conditions as key strategies for implementing safe, efficient, and equitable plans for school reopening and operations. He noted: “Given that…

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DESPITE FG WARNING, OYO INSISTS ON SCHOOLS REOPENING BUT…..

Oladayo Jonathan Despite a warning by the federal government not to reopen schools in the state, the Oyo government, on Tuesday said it will be going ahead with its plans, with ‘modification’. Its COVID-19 Task Force said it has modified the resumption date for primary six, Junior Secondary School III and Senior Secondary School III students in the state. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the Oyo State Government relaxed the coronavirus curfew in the state and also asked final year students in schools to resume on June 29. All civil servants were also…

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DON’T REOPEN SCHOOLS NOW, NMA WARNS AYADE GOVERNMENT

Ada Wodu The Nigerian Medical Association, Cross River State branch, has described as alarming the decision of the state government to begin a trial resumption of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, fearing pupils could contract the virus. The association issued the warning on Saturday in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Dr Agam Ayuk, and Secretary, Dr Ezoke Epoke, after its ordinary general meeting which deliberated on the COVID-19 response in the state and the health sector. The statement read in part, “The declaration by the Cross River State…

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WHY SCHOOLS CANNOT REOPEN NOW – ALIYU

The National Coordinator of PTF Dr Aliyu has spoken on why churches could reopen and schools cannot to same now. Speaking at the House of Representatives, Aliyu said the task force was sure that if the religious groups followed the PTF guidelines, the risk of transmission would be minimised. He, however, explained why schools could not be reopened. “On the school issue, there is a very good evidence and you can look globally as well; schools usually are the last to be opened when it comes to pandemic situations. Why?…

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SCHOOLS REOPENING: WE ARE THINKING OF MORNING, AFTERNOON SESSIONS- MINISTER

Kayode Oyero The Federal Government says it is thinking of sectionalising classes for primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions in the country ahead of school reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, stated this on Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja. The minister, who faulted the reports that schools would reopen in the country on June 8, said the government could not afford to take any costly risk, especially as it regards the safety of pupils and students…

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