COVID-19 Second Wave: Edo Announces Reopening Of Schools

The Edo state government has announced the full reopening of all schools in the state as the state battles to contain the spread of the second wave of coronavirus.

Although the federal government had earlier given the nod for schools across the country to reopen January 18, following months of coronavirus-imposed lockdown, the Edo government halt the process owing to COVID-19 scare.

However, in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST Thursday, the state government said all public primary schools in the state are to resume full activities on Monday 1st February 2021.

”Parents are expected to make their children and wards ready for resumption on this date,” the statement added.

Government warned striking teachers in the state to resume academic activities as the state government would withhold salaries of teachers who violate the order.

“The Board wishes to reemphasize that all public school teachers and head teachers are required to be present in their various schools,” he said.

“Failure to resume work would be considered forfeiture of salary as the Edo State Government has activated the No Work, No Pay policy.

“Head Teachers and Teachers who are desirous of staying away from work in support of the sponsored strike action by certain elements of the Edo State Branch of the National Union of Teachers, are required to hand over all school property in their custody to their respective Education Secretaries.

“The Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) is collaborating with the relevant security agencies to ensure the protection of all public schools and any willful destruction of government property will be met with criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

Edo currently ranks number 7 in the COVID-19 chart list with 3,689 active cases as at Wednesday January 27. Nigeria has a total of 126,160 confirmed cases with 1,544 deaths and 100,365 recoveries.

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