School resumption: FCTA warns against reopening before govt. approved date
The FCT administration has vowed to deal with any school proprietor purporting to reopen for 3rd term before the approved calendar for opening of School post Covid-19.
A statement from the FCTA Education Secretariat said the warning became necessary following reports that some private Schools in the territory are already disseminating information to parents and students indicating the resumption the 2019/2020 3rd term calendar online.
The statement signed by the acting secretary for Education, Umaru Marafa, stressed that schools attempting to reopen before the approved calendar is doing so against the provisions of the extant guidelines on the establishment and operation of Schools in the FCT.
Marafa remind school proprietors, parents and the general public that the directive closing all schools at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic explicitly stated that this directive was in effect "until further notice" which implies that no academic activities in all Schools in any form shall commence until a notice to reopen is approved and conveyed by the Secretariat.
"The Implication of this is that when the Schools will be reopened, adequate notice of the fact that 2nd term was inconclusive will be factored into the academic calendar which will dovetail into the 3rd term accordingly. Any action taken otherwise is likely to negatively distort the academic calendar of the schools involved.
"In light of the above, any School purporting to reopen for 3rd term before the approved calendar for opening of School post Covid-19 is doing so against the provisions of the extant guidelines on the establishment and operation of Schools in the FCT."
The Education Secretariat therefore advised school proprietors to maintain the status quo and keep their schools closed and not re-open in any form while they await further directives from the FCTA.
It further warned that violators of this directive will face the full wrath of the law, even as it assured that the Secretariat has concluded plans to introduce e-learning platforms to include lessons on radio and television channels to keep the students constructively engaged while the lockdown lasts.