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Bauchi schools to reopen on October 12

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Bauchi State Commissioner of Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, Friday announced that both private and public schools will reopene on October 12.

Tilde said the reopening of “all primary and secondary schools in the state” is subject to the compliance of each with COVID-19 regulations on school reopening.

“No school shall reopen unless and until it meets the conditions stipulated. So, not all the schools may open on 12 October,” he said.

According to the Bauchi State Ministry of Education guidelines, classes in Primary 1 to 3 will be in school in the morning while primaries 4-6 take over afternoon classes. JSS 1-3 classes will be in school for morning session and while SSS 1 and 2 students will use school facilities in the afternoon.

Tilde said that the state will take the responsibility of decontamination of all public schools and that parents will provide face masks for their wards.

He said PTA/NGOs/partners will donate infrared temperature devices and hand washing facilities while the Ministry of Education would provide water.

He tasked the school administrators to collect N200 per child for COVID-19 facilities in schools under SUBEB and private schools. All schools in Bauchi State are set to reopen, starting from October 12, according to Mr Aliyu Tilde, the state Commis

Tilde explained that the NCDC focal person on COVID-19 in the state would monitor and ensure compliance with the conditions stipulated.

The commissioner also said that all schools with low-class population could resume fully and run their usual school hours since social distance can easily be achieved while observing other COVID-19 school protocols.

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“However, to meet COVID-19 requirement for social distancing, schools with moderate and high sizes will stagger their hours and days vertically and horizontally,’’ he said.

Tilder further explained that all public schools would be decontaminated before reopening.

He added that all teaching and supporting staff in public schools were required to fully resume work at their duty station on Oct. 3.

The commissioner said this would enable them to prepare fully for the school calendar year.

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