Resumption: FCT Directs Schools To Reopen Tuesday

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said students in terminal classes can re-open from Tuesday to enable them to prepare for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.

This was a sequel to the re-opening of schools by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for students in terminal classes of Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 for the purposes of writing the examinations.

Disclosing this in Abuja on Monday, the acting Secretary for Education, FCTA, Umoru Marafa, also said schools that had put in place measures based on the PTF’s guidelines and have been inspected and certified as ready for resumption by the Department of Quality Assurance of the Education Secretariat can also re-open.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Re-opening of FCT schools for students in terminal classes.’

Marafa admonished schools that had not been cleared by the department to hasten to meet the requirement for the resumption of their schools.

He stated, “Students are hereby advised to prepare for resumption on the 4th of August and enjoined to continue to read for their examinations as WASSCE are scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, BECE from the 24th of August and National Business and Technical Examinations Board from 21st September to 15th of October.

“NECO exams starts from 5th October to 18th of November; Common Entrance into Unity Schools on Saturday, 17th October and National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies Exams from 23rd September to 17th October, 2020.

Ahead of the reopening of schools,  the Federal Capital Territory Administrations has carried out the fumigation of secondary schools as well as made available facemasks, hand sanitizers and infrared thermometers for use in these schools.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday, the Chairman, FCT Secondary Education Board, Yahaya Muhammad, said the development was in compliance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control guidelines on the reopening of schools as well as the protocols set by the PTF.

Muhammad, while clarifying that only the terminal classes would be resuming classes in preparation for their upcoming examinations further stated that appointed representatives of the FCTA alongside the principals of these schools are to ensure adequate compliance with all the health protocols, including the use of face masks, observance of social distancing and regular hand washing.

He said,  “I’m going personally to visit the schools to ensure that all the things that are supposed to be there are there and those that are not there, we will force them to comply before going on with the students.”

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