NUC orders universities to prepare for resumption across the country.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) releases new directives to Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities for the safe reopening of schools.
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The NUC directive is addressed in a memo issued to the Vice-Chancellors, signed by its Director, Executive Secretary’s Office, Chris Maiyaki.
The commission directs Universities to conclude their resumption arrangements in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as well as other existing NUC assurance and guidelines.
NUC Memo on Universities Resumption
“Following the recent press briefing by the Presidential Task Force Team on COVID – 19, to the effect that significant deadline in the reproduction number (R-value) for COVID – 19 has been recorded in the country, the Federal Ministry of Education has accepted the request of the National Universities Commission for Universities to firm up arrangement towards the immediate resumption of academic activities.
“Universities should expect inspection visits from staffs of the commission and the Ministry of Education for on-the-spot inspections of physical facilities such as the lecture theatres, accommodation, healthcare facilities.
Universities must continue to adhere to the safety protocols and the NCDC guidelines which are very much in force.”
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Osun announces New dates for reopening of schools
The government in a statement signed by its commissioner for information, Funke Egbemode, on Monday, announces resumption date to be September 21.
According to her, the decision was reached at the State Executive Council meeting.
She urged stakeholders to put protocols in place towards the reopening of schools according to the guidelines set by the Federal Ministry of Education.
Circular on schools reopening
“Having conducted an assessment of schools within the state to ascertain the level of preparations for reopening, the government has scheduled schools to resume from the COVID-19 break on September 21st for an abridged third term of the 2019/2020 academic session, which is expected to end on October 30, 2020.”
“To make up for lost grounds caused by the COVID-19 induced lockdown, a new academic session (2020/2021 session) is scheduled to commence on November 9, 2020. Because of the Yuletide, schools will be expected to take a brief recess from December 24, 2020, to resume on January 4, 2021, for the concluding part of the first term of the new session which is scheduled to end January 22, 2021″.
“The resumption date for the second term is set for February 1, and scheduled to end April 9.
“The third term of that session commences on April 26, and runs till July 23”, the statement read.
She also says the government resolved that tertiary institutions owned by the state are to reopen as soon as possible.