- Benue state government has announced the reopening of all schools across the state
- This was revealed by Professor Dennis Ityavyar the state commissioner for education
- The government fixed Monday, September 21, for the resumption of both public and private institutions
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Benue commissioner for education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar on Wednesday, September 16, announced that the state government will reopen all schools from Monday, September 21.
Ityavyar who made the announcement at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi said both public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are to abide by the directive.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the commissioner explained that the resumption is for the first term of 2020 and 2021 academic session.
He went on to stress that third term for other categories of students except JSS 3 and SSS 3 including payment of school fees had been canceled.
According to Prof Ityavyar, all tertiary institutions must be fumigated as well as strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The education commissioner went on to note that parents are to provide facemasks and hand sanitizers and school authorities provide handwashing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing.
Professor Ityavyar stated that schools with high population would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion, stressing that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.
The commissioner said the first term would end on December 18 while the commencement of second term activities will be from January 7, 2021.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Ogun state government announced Monday, September 21, for the reopening of schools across the state.
The news was broken by Kunle Somorin, the chief press secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, via a thread of tweets.
The statement that the resumption and closing hours for primary and secondary schools would be staggered while colleges and tertiary institutions have full normal hours.
Somorin said that the early child care development and education classes - three to five years of age - would not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.
In a related development, the federal government has sent a warning message to the state governments and the proprietors of private schools ahead of the preparations for the resumption of primary and secondary schools across the country.
The federal government advised state governments to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic before the full reopening of schools.
The Nigerian government said it would not hesitate to shut any school reopened without adherence to guidelines and protocols provided by the national response.
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