Contrary to the earlier directive by the Federal Ministry of Education that primary and secondary schools resume 13 October, they are now to open on 22 Sep`tember. The Federal Government gave the earlier directive to forestall the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
A meeting between the Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and Commissioners of Education in the federation in Abuja spurred the announcement of the new date.
Shekarau said the commissioners have been directed to collaborate with health workers in the monitoring of the schools before and after reopening. “All State Ministries of Education are to continue in the training of at least two (2) staff in each school, both Public and Private, by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola and also continue on the sensitization of all Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff in all schools on preventive measures. This training of staff must be concluded before the new resumption date. “All Primary and Secondary schools, both Public and Private should be provided with a minimum of two (2) Blood Pressure Measuring Equipment by the State Ministries of Education. The State Ministries should determine the number of such equipment required and forward same to the Federal Ministry of Education before resumption date,” he said.