The Federal Government has directed all schools in the country to resume on September 22. The announcement was made after an emergency meeting in Abuja on Friday, by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, who said all public and private schools in the country should resume on 22 September.
Shekarau said all federal government colleges should also adhere to the new resumption date, and said measures put in place to curb the spread of Ebola are still intact. The minister added that any Ministry of Education in the 36 states that has not appointed desk officers on Ebola should do that before the resumption.
He added that the ministries should ensure that at least two staff in each school – both public and private — are trained by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola. He added that they should embark on immediate sensitization of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools on preventive measures.
In the new review, private and public schools are to resume, not October 13 as earlier announced. The October schedule was to curtail the spread of Ebola in Nigeria where six people have died of the virus. Proprietors of private schools had complained about the October date, and had urged the government to consider early resumption.