The federal government has decided to authorize both public and private tertiary institutions to return to face-to-face classes from October 5th.
The decision is valid for students from all states in Nigeria.
The measure applies to Universities,polytechnics, College of educations and private schools, and to tertiary education in public schools.
According to government information, each school will be able to decide how and when students will return. “As of October 5, we are removing restrictions for tertiary institutions from October 5, that all tertiary schools to resume with face-to-face activities,” said the minister of information.
He explained that a protocol with the rules for back to school which was published by the federal minister of Education should be adhered by all institutions
Universities must continue to adhere to the safety protocols and the Nigerian Centre for Disease control (NCDC) guidelines which are very much in force. The decision to reopen institutions should not, in any way, diminish the importance attached to full compliance. The virus is still important and there is no cure as of yet.
Universities must, under no circumstances, violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the National Universities Commission (NUC) approved Benchmark Minimum Academic standards. (BMAS)
Universities are also to ensure strict compliance with other extant NUC quality assurance standards and guidelines.
A joint inspection team comprising staff of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), will be undertaking verification visits to inspect the reopened universities and their levels of compliance with Quality Assurance/Safety standards. The impending visits will involve on-the-spot inspection of physical facilities such as lecture theatres, classrooms, staff offices, laboratories, students accommodation, emergency service/capacity, healthcare and the development of non-pharmaceutical measures which are germane to your state of preparedness for the resumption of academic activities.
Universities will periodically keep the National Universities Commission (NUC) updated on actions taken, in conformity with this directive.
It could be also recalled that the federal government Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, has approved the reopening of unity schools across the country on October 11.
This was contained in a letter signed by the minister on Wednesday, in Lagos.