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PTF cautions states on full reopening of schools




The Presidential Task Force on Covid- 19 has warned states planning to fully reopen schools to be guided by the experiences of countries like the United States , the United Kingdom, Germany and France .
The PTF , however, said it was not against the preparations by some states to fully reopen schools .
The PUNCH had earlier reported that schools in the country had been shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease .
However, the Federal Government announced the resumption of graduating pupils effective August 4 , 2020 , to write this year ’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17 , 2020 , through September 12 , 2020 .
Subsequently, Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo -Olu , said on August 29 that primary and secondary schools in the state would fully reopen from September 21 , 2020 , while tertiary institutions in the state would also reopen from September 14 , 2020 .But speaking during a PTF briefing in Abuja on Monday , the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha , said , “ The Presidential Task Force appreciates ongoing calls for the reopening of the education sector . And indeed, some sub -nationals are already making preparations for such .
“ Whilst the PTF does not discourage such preparations , we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany , France , US and UK where the opening of schools in some cities led to confirmed cases and fatalities . ”

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