FCT Minister Musa Bello cancels 3rd term, warns private schools against demanding fees

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Thursday, directed schools in the territory to reopen on 11 and 12 October respectively.

It said boarding students are to resume on Sunday 11 October, while full academic activities will begin on Monday, 12 October, warning owners of private schools against demanding for third term school fees.

FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello announced this while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

He said there would not be the third term, adding that the guidelines for the reopening of the schools would soon be released and the academic calendar would cover the third term that was left due to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to him: “There is no third term, private schools should not demand third term school fees.”

It will be recalled that the government had ordered the closure of schools nationwide in March 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bello explained that the FCT Administration did not record any case during the reopening of schools for exit clauses, and is optimistic that officials and pupils would ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols once the schools reopen.

The minister, therefore, urged the school owners to be strict and rigid on COVID-19 protocols, warning all school owners to be vigilant.

“Be vigilant, strict, and rigid in the implementation of COVID-19 protocols for the safety of our children and ourselves as we reopen schools. Nothing should be taken for granted.” the Minister urged.

Chairman, FCT Schools Resumption Committee, Dr. Fatima Abdulrahman, who read the guidelines for the post-COVID-19 school resumption disclosed that there was no going to be a third term.

She directed schools to conduct revision and examination within two weeks and end the second term.

She warned private schools against demanding for third term fees, adding that the maximum class size should be 25 students per class.

She said that the FCT administrator had suspended all activities that encourage crowding and clustering in schools.

Abdulrahman said that every school should have a sick bay where students with high temperature would be kept under the supervision of health personnel until their parents come for them.

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