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Covid-19: All Schools Remain Closed, No 3rd Term Resumption, FCTA Warns

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned schools planning on resumption to desist as all schools are to remain closed till further notice

This was contained in a press statement issued by the FCTA Acting Secretary for Education, Mr. Umaru Marafa.

Mr. Marafa, who condemned the purported third term resumption of some private schools in the FCT, said that there is no third term resumption plans in the time-being.

He noted that some private schools in the FCT disseminating information to parents and students indicating the resumption the 2019/2020 3rd term calendar online.

Parents were therefore expected to pay schools fees for this term prior to the purported resumption.

The Education Secretariat reminded School proprietors, parents and the general public that the directive closing all schools at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic explicitly stated that this directive was in effect “until further notice”.

This, it said, implies that no academic activities in all Schools in any form shall commence until a notice to reopen is approved and conveyed by the Secretariat.

Marafa said: “The Implication of this is that when the Schools will be reopened, adequate notice of the fact that 2nd term was inconclusive will be factored into the academic calendar which will dovetail into the 3rd term accordingly.

“Any action taken otherwise is likely to negatively distort the academic calendar of the schools involved.

“In light of the above, any School purporting to reopen for 3rd term before the approved calendar for opening of School post Covid-19 is doing so against the provisions of the extant guidelines on the establishment and operation of Schools in the FCT.”

Marafa, therefore, advised school proprietors to maintain the status quo and keep their schools closed and not re-open in any form while they await further directives from the FCTA.

Violators of this directive, he said, will face the full wrath of the law.

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