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Enugu Govt Okays Reopening Of Primary, Secondary Schools

The Enugu State Government has announced Monday, Sept. 28 as date for the re-opening of all primary and secondary schools in the state, for 3rd term academic activities.

This was contained in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST issued by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze.

He said the decision was reached “following the Enugu State Education sector stakeholders’ consensus and gracious approval of His Excellency the Governor”.

Prof. Eze pointed out that “it is important to note that necessary measures have been put in place in our schools for safe re-opening”.

“Teachers/students/pupils are therefore requested to ensure that they abide by the approved guidelines on COVID-19”, he added, stressing that “no person will be allowed into any school without appropriate facemask/shield”.

According to the commissioner, “strong monitoring teams at state and Local Government Areas have been constituted to monitor compliance with the approved guidelines for the safety of all that operate in our schools”.

He therefore noted that “Primary six and Junior Secondary three students have completed their examinations and are not expected to be back to school”.

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BREAKING: Edo State Govt Announces School Reopening Date

The Edo State Government has announced full reopening of all primary and secondary schools across the state, for the 2020/2021 academic session.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, on Tuesday, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr.) Jimoh Ijegbai, said all classes are to resume on Monday, September 28, 2020.

He said the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, gave the approval for the resumption of academic activities in Edo State.

Ijegbai said in order to observe the social/physical distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools: JSS 1-3 are to operate between 8am-11am, while SSS 1-3 will be between 12pm-3pm.

The Commissioner said parents and guardians are expected to provide face masks for their children and wards in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“School Heads and Proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines and collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 Local Government Areas.”

The statement added that sale of forms for examination into the six model schools is still on, while the entrance examination has been moved from September 26th to October 3rd, 2020.

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COVID-19: Kogi Govt Announces Reopening Of Schools At All Levels

The Kogi State Government has announced the reopening of schools on September 14, 2020, inclusive of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones made the announcement at a press briefing in Lokoja on Tuesday.

He said government arrived at this decision after series of interaction with relevant stakeholders and assessment of both private and public schools in the state to ascertain their level of preparedness and safety for reopening of schools from COVID-19 break.

“You will recall that His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, had directed the closure of all schools from primary to tertiary institutions in the state from March 23rd, 2020, because of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Subsequently, upon the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, exit classes were opened for Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 in Kogi on August 10, 2020, to particularly allow the SS3 classes to prepare and write the WAEC examination.

“Therefore, upon further review having had several meetings with relevant stakeholders, His Excellency has directed that all schools in Kogi State should fully reopen on September 14, 2020, that is two weeks from today.”

The Commissioner stressed that the state government arrived at this decision after assessing the situations of schools especially for the exit classes that had resumed, saying “we have not recorded any negative report as far as COVID-19 pandemic is concerned.”

“Hence, His Excellency(Governor Yahaya Bello) deemed it fit for every school to open for full academic activities.”

He, however, advised and encouraged all heads of every school to ensure full compliance with the COVID-19 protocols which he said had been clearly set out by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

He noted that all these details and guidelines on COVID-19 protocols by the PTF were available and in public space.

“The ministry will review the state’s Academic Calendar accordingly to reflect on the new development, and the details would be worked out and released to the relevant stakeholders in due course before resumption.

“However, we encourage that all relevant educational stakeholders like ANCOPSS, ASSUS, SUBEB, NAPPS, Heads of Tertiary Institutions in Kogi State, NUT, STETSCOM and every other stakeholders are very free to liaise with us at the ministry for further clarification.

“We are equally informing the general public, parents, guardians, schools heads that we are very particular about the health and safety of our learners in Kogi State.

“So, the State Government will not stop at anything to ensure that our learners are kept in good condition as far as Covid-19 pandemic and indeed other diseases or health issues are concerned”, he said.

He, therefore encouraged everybody to play their roles to ensure personal hygiene reiterating that personal hygiene remained the personal responsibility of everybody.

“For the higher institutions, I have personally placed direct telephone calls to the heads of all state’s tertiary institutions and I had discussions with them to ascertain their level of preparedness. It appears that all of them are fully ready for schools’ reopening.

“We have equally asked them to get in touch with the ministry should there be any further requirements in order for them to make their institutions safe for the benefit of students and staff,” the Commissioner said.

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Covid-19: Abia Govt Plans School Reopening For Graduating Students

The Abia State Government has expressed readiness to reopen schools only for students in graduating classes (primary 6, JS3, SS3), including those in higher institutions.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Federal Government, Monday, announced that exit classes for Nigerian secondary schools are to resume on August 4th, 2020.

The reopening of exit classes, CAMPUS GIST reported, will enable the students to have 2 weeks to prepare for their West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination which is scheduled to start on August 17, 2020.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, Tuesday, the Abia state government announced the “convocation” of a “special summit” on education to deliberate on modalities for reopening of both private and public schools in the state.

Signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, state Commissioner for Information, he said the approval was given by the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, to enable the exit class students write their relevant local and international examinations.

“Based on the foregoing, the following stakeholders are hereby invited to attend the summit holding at the Michael Okpara Auditorium of Government House, Umuahia, on Thursday, 30th July, 2020 at 11am prompt…

“The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chairman, Abia State House of Assembly Committee on Education; The Honorable Commissioners for Education, Finance, Health, Justice, Works, Local Government and Information; The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education; The Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers and his Deputies.”

Others are, “The Vice Chancellor, Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu; Rectors of all Colleges and Polytechnics in Abia State, The Registrar, Examination Development Commission; Acting Chairman, Abia State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB); Acting Executive Secretary, Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB) and the Deputy Executive Secretaries; The Executive Secretary, Hospitals Management Board (HMB); and The Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Agency.”

Also included are, the “State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA); Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Abia State Chapter; Presidents of Students Union Government of State owned tertiary institutions, State Chairmen of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and Association of Primary School Heads of Nigeria (AOPSHON), Three representatives of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Abia Chapter, drawn from the 3 senatorial zones of the state; and Three representatives of National Association of Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) drawn from the 3 senatorial zones of the state.”

“All the invitees must be seated before the arrival of the Governor as well as ensure strict compliance to all relevant COVID-19 protocols,” the statement added.

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Oyo State Announces Resumption Of Schools, Cancels 3rd Term Exams

The Oyo State Government on Tuesday approved the release of academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the State amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was contained in a statement obtained by CAMPUS GIST signed by Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. He said the approval was given at the State Executive Council meeting held today.

According to the approved calendar, Third Term 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and promotion of students, for all affected classes, will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment.

Pry 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 will proceed on holiday from 30th of July and resume for their Examination as follows;

*Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)- 10th to 18th August 2020

*Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August 2020

*Placement/Screening Test to JSS1- 20th August 2020

*Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August 2020

*The SSS 3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.

*The 2020/21 academic session, according to the calendar approved by the State Council is as follows;

*First Term- 21th September to 18th December 2020

*Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021

*Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology enjoins all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.

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AAU Professor Dies Of Coronavirus In Edo

A lecturer in the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State, Professor C. E Ukun has allegedly died of Coronavirus.

Campus Gist reliably gathered that the university don died of the coronavirus disease complications on Tuesday, June 30.

He was said to have been admitted at the isolation centre unit of Irrua Specialist Hospital in Edo some days ago, before his demise.

A source at the hospital where he was treated, said the lecturer could not survive the disease owing to underlying medical conditions, including difficulty in breathing.

The source, was, however silent on the said medical conditions.
But a university source, who confirmed the development, said the lecturer was always falling sick.

“Yes, it’s true (that the lecturer is dead). He had some disease alongside COVID-19 hence he couldn’t have survived owing to his advanced age too,” the source said.

Until his death, Professor Ukun was a lecturer in the department of Philosophy, faculty of Arts. He was also a former Dean of the faculty.

The University management was yet to issue any formal statement as at the time of filing this report. Spokesman for the institution could not be reached for comment.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has so far announced 986 cases of COVID-19 in Edo, with 35 deaths recorded.

As of Monday, June 29, Nigeria recorded 25,133 cases of the disease. While 9,402 patients have recovered, 573 people have died.

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