FCTA condemns purported online resumption of 3rd term by some private schools

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School proprietors, parents and the residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have been reminded that going by the directive for the closure of schools in the Territory, no academic activities in all schools in any form are to commence until a notice to re-open is approved and conveyed by the relevant authorities.

Acting Secretary of the Education Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Umaru Marafa, who made this known in
Abuja on Tuesday, explained 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.”

Marafa said in a statement that this clarification became necessary because “it has come to the notice of the FCTA that some private Schools in the FCT are disseminating information to parents and students indicating the resumption the 2019/2020 third term calendar online and parents were therefore expected to pay schools fees for this term prior to the purported resumption.”

He said the implication of this was 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,” he pointed out.

“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 warned.

See Full Statement Bellow

PRESS STATEMENT
PURPORTED 3RD TERM RESUMPTION OF SOME PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE FCT
It has come to the notice of the FCTA Education Secretariat that some private Schools in the FCT are disseminating information to parents and students indicating the resumption the 2019/2020  3rd term calendar online  and  parents were therefore expected to pay schools fees for this term prior to the purported resumption.
The Education Secretariat wishes to remind 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” which 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.
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.
School proprietors  are therefore, advised 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 will face the full wrath of the law.
The FCTA Education Secretariat has however concluded plans to introduce e-learning platforms to include lessons on radio and television channels to keep the students constructively engaged while the lockdown lasts.
UMARU MARAFA
Ag. SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION,
FCTA
28/04/2020
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