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The federal government has announced August 4, 2020 as the date for resumption of secondary schools across the country.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by Ben Bem Goong, director of press and public relations, ministry of education.
According to the statement, the decision was reached after a meeting of stakeholders in the education sector on Monday.
Only students in exit classes are expected to resume, so that they can participate in the West African Examination (WAEC) exercise scheduled to begin on August 17, 2020.
“Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only. Students will have two weeks within which to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) due to start on the 17th of August, 2020,” the statement read.
“These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.
“It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020.
“The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations for safe reopening, as agreed.”
Another meeting is scheduled for Tuesday “between the federal ministry of education and chief executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education”.
In March 2020, schools across the country were closed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although it was announced earlier in July that schools would reopen, the decision was reversed and federal government colleges were exempted from taking part in the WAEC examinations for the year 2020.
Various reactions followed the decision, with the house of representatives, as well as other stakeholders in the education sector, urging the government to reconsider.
The ministry of education had eventually announced that it would discuss with WAEC on a possible shift in the date for the commencement of the examination, which was earlier scheduled to begin on August 4.
On July 13, 2020, the ministry of education released guidelines to ensure safety and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in school environments.
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– Unknown pneumonia, a new outbreak which is deadlier than coronavirus is reportedly putting many at great unease in China –
According to HowAfrica, the Chinese health department has not been able to identify the virus despite the fact that it has killed 1,772 people – An official report stated that the deadly impact of the disease is much feared than the popular coronavirus.
A new outbreak said to be deadlier than coronavirus has reportedly broken out in Kazakhstan with Chinese officials raising alarm. Called the “unknown pneumonia”, the Chinese embassy said that while the country’s health sector is looking into the disease, they are yet to make any headway in identification, HowAfrica reports.
“The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus,” the embassy said.
According to a purported official statement from the embassy reported by the same media, the death from the disease is about 2,000 in the past six months of the year with over 30,000 cases of the virus.
“Unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan caused 1,772 deaths in the first six months of the year, including 628 people in June alone, including Chinese citizens, the embassy said in a statement. The fatality rate of the disease is much higher than COVID-19. “Health officials have recorded more than 32,000 cases of pneumonia between June 29 and July 5 alone, along with 451 deaths,” it said. Sauke Kisikova, the health care department boss in Nur-Sultan, said that nearly 300 people are hospitalized because of the disease every day.
Meanwhile, It was earlier reported that scientists alerted the public of a new flu virus resident in Chinese pigs, saying it has become even more infectious and dangerous to humans and needs to be closely monitored so it does not become another pandemic. The study by the scientists said the virus threat is not imminent. The discovery was made when a team of researchers assessed influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018.
They found a G4 strain of H1N1 which has all the features of being a pandemic. The paper of the study was published by the US Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). It was also discovered that people who work on pig farms have a high amount of the virus in their bloodstreams, adding that it is important to monitor workers in the swine industry.
Kenya on Tuesday declared that its school year was considered lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, and primary and secondary pupils would return to class next January.
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