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BREAKING: FG approves safe reopening’ of schools

The Federal Government has approved “safe reopening” of schools in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

However, only students in graduating classes will resume.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the ongoing daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.

He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow graduating classes resume to prepare for examinations.

He disclosed the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

Mustapha said: “I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase II of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

“Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations;

“Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable;

“Publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities;

“Provision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response.

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