- Bayelsa state government has ordered the reopening of all schools
- Governor Douye Diri made this known on Monday, September 28
- Diri said he decided on the reopening in order to help schools cover for the time lost as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown
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Following the decreased cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria, the Bayelsa state governor, Douye Diri, has directed the full reopening of schools in the state for the commencement of the third term academic session from October 5, 2020.
The Cable reports that the decision was the outcome of a meeting of the committee on safe re-opening of schools held at the government house in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital, on Monday.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor said that primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary institutions in the state — private and public — are expected to resume full academic activities from October.
The state commissioner for information, orientation and strategy, Ayibaina Duba, while speaking to journalists after the meeting, said the government decided on the reopening in order to help schools cover for the time lost as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The commissioner said:
“The third term and session would terminate on December 18, 2020, and a new academic session would commence in January 2021.
“Government has also directed the committee to close down private schools operating below government-approved standards. This directive is strictly to protect students from learning under an unhygienic environment, where they might be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections.
“It has also come to the notice of the government that many private schools are not up to standard and the governor directed the ministry of education to shut down such schools.”
Gentle Emelah, the commissioner for education, in his remarks, said no coronavirus infection was recorded among pupils and students in terminal classes who had resumed in August.
He added that the ministry had engaged the association of private schools in the state on the consequences of violating the COVID-19 safety protocol.
In his remarks, the commissioner for health, Pabara Igwele, also said it was safe to admit pupils and students back to classes with strict adherence to the safety measures.
Recall that as of September 27, out of 398 cases confirmed in Bayelsa, 371 recoveries and 21 deaths have been recorded in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ahead of the full reopening of some secondary and primary schools across Nigeria on Monday, September 21, the federal government released new COVID-19 guidelines for the school administrators.
It was reported that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Thursday, September 17, mandated schools to carry out weekly risk assessments.
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