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Ebola; Schools To Resume September 22

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The federal government of Nigeria has backdated the proposed resumption date for schools in the country by 3 weeks.

Occasioned by the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the resumption date was earlier shifted to Monday, October 13, 2014 in a bid to forestall any possible spread of the virus in schools.

With the new arrangement, schools which hitherto used to resume new sessions in the second week of September will now re-open after the long break on Monday, September 22, 2014

Premium Times reports:

Proprietors of private schools had complained about the October date, and had urged the government to consider early resumption.

After an emergency meeting in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, said all public and private schools in the country should resume on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Mr. Shekarau said all federal government colleges should also adhere to the new resumption date, and said measures put in place to curb the spread of Ebola are still intact.

The minister added that any Ministry of Education in the 36 states that has not appointed desk officers on Ebola should do that before the resumption.

He added that the ministries should ensure that at least two staff in each school – both public and private — are trained by appropriate health workers on how to handle any suspected case of Ebola.

He added that they should embark on immediate sensitization of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools on preventive measures.

Mr. Shekarau ordered that the training must be concluded before schools resumes.

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