The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, on Thursday directed the reopening of all schools in the Federal Capital Territory on Sunday, Oct. 11 for the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

Bello, who made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja, explained that boarding school are to resume on Sunday, while Day schools would resume on Monday, Oct. 12.

He said the decision to reopen schools had been probably one of the most painstaking decisions that the FCT administration had to take as a team.

“In the opening of schools, we have to be very careful and conscious of the need to ensure that all the efforts of all of us during the last few months are not in vain.

“Based on the reality on ground as well as the inputs and advice of medical personnel and the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) and releases from the Federal Ministry of Education.

“We have come to the conclusion that it is relatively safe for us to open up schools in the FCT base on certain guidelines and conditions which will be released shortly,” he said.

He noted that the gathering of young people and children within an enclosed environment posed very peculiar challenges that require handling with utmost care, particularly by the schools and education administrators.

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