The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has directed the reopening of all the 104 Federal Unity Schools across the country on the 12th of October.

The minister also announced that private and state schools are free to resume on the date.

Mallam Adamu who stated this at a news briefing in Abuja said all the regulatory bodies are to work out modalities for the resumption of tertiary institutions.

The minister said Government consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector, including the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria, (APSON), National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS), Provost of Colleges of Education,Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice Chancellors of Universities, State Governors, development partners Commissioners of Education and relevant international organisations.

He noted that consequent upon the consultations, detailed guidelines for reopening of all learning facilities was developed.

According to mallam Adamu, taking the first step, was the reopening of schools for exit classes to take their National Examinations and stressed that no case of COVID-19 infection was recorded.

Mallam Adamu said since the beginning of September 2020, the country has continued to witnesse a considerable decline in the rate of infections averaging 200 recorded cases daily.

‘’Consequently, after due consultation with the Presidential Committee on COVID-19, we have decided that all our 104 Unity Colleges should reopen on the 12th of October, 2020 States and private school owners will work out the modalities for the opening of schools under their purview’’ Mallam Adamu said.

He urged school owners to be vigilant, strict and rigid in the implementation of COVID-19 protocols.

Mallam Adamu warned that any school owner that does not comply with the guidelines and an outbreak occurs in the school due to negligence, risks closure.

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