The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared that schools at all levels must remain closed due to the spike in the number of coronavirus cases across the nation. The government revealed the information via circular on May 8, directed to heads of commissions and governing authorities in the education sector. The ministry of education, via a memorandum, cautioned the authorities across education sectors to ignore the false news that has been spreading regarding reopening of schools, reported by Vanguard.
According to report, the memo was sent to the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Executive Secretaries and Basic and Secondary Education (BSE).
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Part of the memorandum note, “Further to our earlier circular, FME/PSE/HE/1041/C 1/Vol.1/137 of 19th March 2020, this is to confirm that all schools shall remain closed as we monitor developments on the containment of COVID-19. “This is without prejudice to officers on essential services and other operational exigencies as may be determined by the chief executive of each institution. “All chief executives and other stakeholders are to ignore ‘fake news’ on the subject matter in the social media as the situation is under constant review and any decision on the resumption shall be conveyed through the appropriate channels,” part of the memo read.