The Niger State Government has directed basic and secondary schools to resume classes on January 24 for the first term of 2020/2021 academic session.
Hajiya Hannatu Saliu, Commissioner for Education, who made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Minna, said the government was being cautious, hence the need for an additional one week to the earlier resumption date.
According to her, boarding schools students would resume on January 24, while day schools are to resume on January 25 for first term 2020/2021 academic session.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had slated January 18 for schools resumption.
Saliu said the decision was taken after consultation with different stakeholders.
Salihu said the additional one week was to enable all schools to put the necessary protective measures in place, while parents, students and pupils make provisions to comply with COVID-19 protocols in full.
According to her, on resumption, principals, teachers and students must ensure full compliance with the standard of COVID-19 protocols.
She mentioned such protocols to include maintaining physical distancing by avoiding oversized classes and overcrowded areas, no assemblies, visiting days or large gathering of any kind.
Salihu said there would be proper wearing of face mask at all times within and outside the school by all principals, teachers, parents, students, pupils and others.
She said schools would adhere to sanitation, constant washing and/or sanitising of hands.
The Commissioner noted that schools would be carrying out temperature checks for all those entering their premises and periodically within the school.
She said activating and deploying in full all COVID 19 protocols put in place during the first wave of the pandemic such as drop and pick-up points and provision of holding rooms on resumption.
Salihu said the ministry had instituted the mechanism for strict and continuous monitoring of compliance with COVID-19 protocols and advised stakeholders, principals, head teachers, teachers and workers to ensure full compliance.
She said the ministry would continue to ensure the safety of students and all working in the schools.