Signs of relief as Ondo State announces tentative resumption date for Privately and State owned Universities in the State.

The Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on Covid-19 yesterday released the guidelines for the reopening of Educational institutions in the state and it’s has giving a tentative resumption date of 2nd November for the resumption of privately owned and State owned Universities in the State.

Here is an extract from the guidelines released

The 2nd of November 2020 is proposed as the earliest TENTATIVE date for the official re￾opening of state-owned and private higher institutions, while federal government-ownedinstitutions should await the directives of the Federal Ministry of Education and its agenciesregarding their re-opening. All heads of tertiary education institutions are called upon to furthernote and adhere to the following points:

1. The proposal of an earliest TENTATIVE date for resumption is PRIMARILY a call to action for the leadership of tertiary institutions to make appropriate and adequate preparation that conforms to the public health guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 issued by the Ondo State government and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

2. Before a School can formally announce its date for resumption, the school must first be certified as safe and compliant with the public health guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention and receive a WRITTEN APPROVAL from the State government or its agency assigned with such responsibility. Schools must apply in writing to the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health with a proposed date for an inspection
team from the State government to visit the school, and a proposed date for resumption
of students specified in the letter alongside details of the preparations made in line with
COVID-19 prevention guidelines

3. The Government recognises that the responsibility of opening the schools is grounded
in the laws governing each higher institution, for example, the Senate in the case of
universities. As such, the final date for the re-opening of each School AFTER the school
authority has received the written approval of the State government and its relevant
agency would be decided and approved by the School’s Senate or other bodies similarly
recognised by the laws governing the institutions.

4. The School authority shall duly notify the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health as to the date finally agreed to by the appropriate organ of the school for the students of various courses and levels, recognising that staggering of resumption dates may provide the schools with a better opportunity to comply with the COVID-19 guidelines.

5. The School authority shall ensure that a monitoring and enforcement team is put in place prior to resumption, whose responsibility will be to monitor and ensure strict compliance with the public health guideline by all students, staff, visitors, and other individuals operating or visiting the school premises and facilities, including off￾campus hostels.

6. The government inspection team will visit each tertiary institution from time to time as part of the COVID-19 monitoring and enforcement process.

7. Any institution that fails to adhere to the abovestated guidelines and/or found deficient
in terms of its COVID-19 protective responses shall be dealt with according to the Ondo
State public health and COVID-19 laws and liable to be closed down.

More to follow…

Kevin Ifedayo

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