FG to adopt shifting of Classes for School Resumption

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The Federal Government is contemplating on adopting classes shifting arrangement when the school resumes normal academic calendar disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, revealed this on Wednesday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 press briefing in Abuja.

The plan entailed the adoption of a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others. The model is to ensure that all the children do not return to their schools at the same time to ensure physical and social distancing as well as proper sanitation and hygiene at every school.

Nwajiuba said government was also considering allowing Senior Secondary School students to finish first before others resume at a later date given that it was virtually impossible to practice social distancing in the schools.

He urged state governments and owners of private schools to plan ahead on how to ensure maximum safety for students when the resumption plan is unveiled.

He stressed the Federal Government will rely on the opinion of experts and the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO) before announcing any school resumption dates.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) is expected to come up with a comprehensive guideline for the reopening of schools across the country.

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba
Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba

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