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THE Federal Government has advised state governments to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic before full reopening of schools, threatening that it will not hesitate to shut any school reopened without adherence to guidelines and protocols provided by the national response.

Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who spoke on Monday during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, said the state governments making move to reopen schools were in tune with the directive last week by the PTF that states and other stakeholders should prepare for the full reopening of schools.

He, however, said the universities need to get clearance from the National Universities Commission (NUC) before reopening.

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Nwajiuba was reacting to a question about some state governments that have already announced full reopening of primary and secondary schools effective from September 21.

He, however, did not give specific date for full reopening schools nationwide, noting that primary and secondary education were within the purview of the state governments and that the right thing must be done to safeguard the lives of the school children before reopening.

He said: “All primary schools up to post-primary schools have the participation of sub-nationals and at that level, they need to check and meet all the requirements before they open.

“But at the tertiary level, that guidance will also be done in collaboration with the National Universities Commission so that it will give clearance that we are satisfied with your performance with regard to the guideline.

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“What we are doing is that we are reducing this whole gamut of document into some measurable steps towards reopening. What that means is that governing council of each institution will then review the guideline and benchmark it.

“You may have heard several states taking steps around reopening, they are all in order. This is what is expected from what the PTF said last week and following the guideline everybody will now begin the processes of reopening.

“However, they must be guided because in every state we have quality assurance officers that are reporting to the Federal Ministry of Education and we will not hesitate to shut down any place that is not in compliance with guidelines.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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WAEC to release 2020 SSSCE results late October

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The West African Examinations Council has said that it has a 45 -day timeline from its last paper to release the results of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination . This indicates that the results should be released by late October.
The council told one of our correspondents on Saturday that it would keep to 45 days after the last paper was written to release the results and work to meet the deadline .
This is just as the Lagos State Ministry of Education through the State Examinations Board stated that from 2021 , entrance examinations into the Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools would be done through the Computer -Based Testing .
The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination was taken between August 17 , 2020 and Saturday , September 12 , which means that the council would release the results latest by October 27 – 45 days after .
The Head of Public Affairs, WAEC Nigeria , Demianus Ojijeogu , in a text message to one of our correspondents on Saturday , said , “ Before the outbreak of COVID -19 , we usually released it 45 days after the last paper on the timetable must have been taken . We are working on meeting that timeline .”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education , Mrs Folashade Adefisayo , said on Saturday at the launch of the CBT at the State Examination Board headquarters that the entrance exercises would be conducted through CBT from 2021 .
Only 210 pupils seeking admission into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools in the state opted for CBT in 2020 .
Adefisayo, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education , Mrs Abosede Adelaja , said , “ The examination will be strictly CBT by next year since the world is a global village . Moreover , you need to add and embrace modern technologies.The parents of the candidates who opted for CBT will get the results of their children within 24 hours after the examination . Education remains the veritable tool to attain greatness as it helps to prepare for individual life ’s challenges .”
She noted that only 47 pupils were slated for the inaugural exam while the remaining 163 pupils would take theirs from Monday , September 28 , to Wednesday , September 30 , 2020 , at the Lagos State Examinations Board .

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ASUU is still on strike – UNILAG chairman

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Contrary to speculations making the rounds in the social media that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called off strike, nothing of such is the case, investigation by the Vanguard has shown.
Commenting on the development, the Chairman of the University of Lagos, UNILAG chapter of the union, Dr Dele Ashiru, told our correspondent on Saturday that nothing of such happened.
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Ashiru, who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the union, said the union was still on strike.
“If we are going to call off our going strike, there is process that will be followed and nothing of such has been done, ” he said.
Recall that the union embarked on strike early March, this year over some issues.

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