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Post Covid19 Nigeria: List Of States That Have Announced Resumption Date For Schools In Nigeria – Latest Updates For All Nigerian Institutions, Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Enterprises, Secondary and Primary Schools
Schools in Nigeria have been closed since the outbreak of the corona virus disease in Nigeria in late February. The federal government ordered the closure of schools in the country to curb the spread of the disease and since then, educational institutions have been closed down.
After months of clamoring from students, stakeholders and parents alike, the federal government has allowed for partial reopening of schools in the country but with some skepticism. The Federal government has given states a go ahead to announce resumption dates for their various jurisdiction while applying caution.
Educational institutions have been worst hit with the policies of containment of the COVID19 virus as the government fears the population of schools poses a risk to the country and students at large.
There have been arguments and counter arguments from all quarters with some arguing that the Federal government admitted more students to the university than the required capacity. Some have also argued that since markets, worship centers and even election are allowed to run, the educational institution cannot be left to suffer. Lagos state have even threatened to shut down schools if there is a spike in Covid19 cases.
However, safety concerns remain paramount. In fact, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 last Thursday warned that gradual flattening of the curve of the pandemic “should be taken with vigilance and cautious optimism based on the fact that we are convinced that we have not tested enough, as we have only recently re-opened our international flights.”
Aware of this, many state governments that have announced plans to re-open schools have been threading cautiously while some others still feel it is unsafe to allow pupils/students back to the classrooms.
In spite of the increase in Covid19 cases, different groups have continued to mount pressure on the Federal Government to reopen all schools across the country. As a compromise, the Federal Government allowed secondary school students in terminal classes sit the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The same waiver was granted to students who would sit the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) and National Examination Council (NECO) exams scheduled to start September 21 and October 5 respectively.
While some state have gone ahead to reopen schools, others still are not convinced that schools can effectively reopen at this time, one of those states is Katsina state, home to the president. States like Lagos, Oyo and Kogi have taken the bull by the horn and allowed schools at all levels to reopen.
Below is a list of States that have announced Resumption date for schools in their various jurisdiction as at September 19th 2020. Click on the link that follows for more details;
- Lagos State – September 14th
- Taraba State – September 21st
- Ebonyi State – October 5th, 2020
- Benue State – September 21st
- Oyo State – September 21st
- Ekiti State – September 21st (October 2nd for tertiary institutions)
- Ondo State – September 14th
- Kogi State – September 14th
- Osun State – September 21st
- Delta State – September 21st
- Anambra State – September 7th
- Ogun State – September 21st
- Akwa-Ibom State – September 21st
- Cross Rivers State – September 21s
Please note that Universities that are under ASUU may not resume since ASUU is still on strike.
This list will be updated from time to time as more states announce their resumption dates.