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Ebola: Schools To Resume October 13


Ebola: Schools To Resume October 13


The federal government yesterday suspended the resumption of both
public and private primary and secondary schools in the country till
October 13, 2014.

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Minister of education Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau stated this when he
briefed journalists after meeting with states’ commissioners of
education to discuss the risk posed by the dreaded Ebola virus disease
in the education sector.

The minister said the change in the resumption date would ensure
adequate preventive measures are put in place before the students report
back to school.

The minister said: “All primary and secondary schools, both public
and private are to remain closed until Monday, 13th October, 2014, which
is the new school resumption date for all schools throughout the
federation. This is to ensure that adequate preventive measures are put
in place before the students report back to school.

“ All state ministries of education are to immediately organize and
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 and also embark on immediate sensitization of all
teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools on preventive measures.
This training of staff must be concluded not later than 15th September,

He further directed: “ All state ministries of education should
establish a working and monitoring team for effective supervision of
school activities before and after opening of schools. Each state
ministry of education should appoint a designated desk officer not later
than 1st September, 2014, who should also receive appropriate training
and who must report on daily basis to the honourable commissioner on
situation in the schools. The names of such desk officers, their phone
numbers and e-mail addresses should be communicated to the headquarters
of the Federal Ministry of Education not later than 1st September, 2014.

“All primary and secondary schools, both public and private, should
be provided with a minimum of two (2) blood pressure measuring equipment
by the state ministries of education. The state ministries should
determine the number of such equipment required and forward same to the
Federal Ministry of Education not later than 1st SWeptember. [They] will
liaise with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that appropriate
equipment are procured.”

He stressed that all the above measures also apply in all federal government colleges.

He therefore directed that all ongoing summer schools in both public
and private schools be suspended with immediate effect: “All private
primary and secondary schools must comply with the directives given
under these preventive measures. State governments are called upon to
support their state ministries of education with all necessary funds to
ensure effective implementation of these preventive measures.”

The federal government also directed all states government to
sanction any private or public school that doesn’t comply with the

He reiterated the commitment of the federal government in ensuring
the safety of all the children in both public and private schools in the

“Our concern is for the children and we would go to any length to
ensure both private and public schools comply. You can imagine if a
child is infected in a boarding school of say about 600 children; it
would be very dangerous. We are not saying there is Ebola in all states
of the federation, but we are putting some preventive measures in
place,” the minister said.

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Victor Ndah

Am in support with this decision cause it will prevent the spread of this deadly disease called Ebola…


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