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FG May Reopen Schools In September

Following calls for a review of the resumption date of schools nationwide, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has announced that students in private and public schools across country may resume from their summer holiday by middle of September, after an appraisal of the Ebola epidemic.

Chukwu disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

It would be recalled that the federal government had last month postponed school resumption across the country to October13 in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola disease.

Chukwu said the expert opinion on Ebola, with the strong containment efforts by the government, is that the students can resume earlier than October 13.

The new resumption date, he said, will be announced by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, after meeting with states commissioners for Education and other stakeholders on Friday.

Since the federal government announced the postponement of school resumption, school managements particularly private school owners, have continued to urge the federal government to reconsider its position, arguing that it will distort school calendar.