July 12, 2024

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PTF cautions states on full reopening of schools

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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 . 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 this year ’ s West African Senior School
Certificate Examination from August 17 , 2020 , through
September 12 , 2020 . Subsequently , Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo –
Olu , said on August 29 that primary and secondary
schools in the state would fully reopen from September
21 , 2020 , while tertiary institutions in the state would
also reopen from September 14 , 2020 .
But speaking during a PTF briefing in Abuja on
Monday , the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the
Government of Federation , Boss Mustapha , said , “ The
Presidential Task Force appreciates ongoing calls for
the reopening of the education sector . And indeed ,
some sub – nationals are already making preparations
for such. Whilst the PTF does not discourage such preparations,
we need to be guided by experiences from countries
such as Germany , France , the US , and the UK where
the opening of schools in some cities led to confirmed
cases and fatalities . ”

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