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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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Prof. Ihonvbere Inspects Blocks Of Classroom In Owan West (Photos)

In a bid to ensure that pupils in Owan Federal Constituency study in a conducive environment, the member representing Owan Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere OON, has embarked on construction and renovation of primary schools in the constituency.

The Lawmaker on Wednesday, 12th of August, 2020 paid a visit to Eguaoje Primary School Oah, Okpuje in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State to inspect the ongoing construction of the 3-Class room block facilitated by him.

Upon inspection, Prof. Ihonvbere appreciated the quality of job done so far, noting that when completed, the classroom will provide a conducive and habitable learning environment for the students.

The lawmaker who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, said he was not comfortable over the dilapidated condition of some of the schools, hence his decision to intervene.

“My interest is the people; our children deserve to study in a good environment, have access to quality education in fulfillment of the promise I made to the people during the electioneering period.

“With the renovation of the School, the teachers and pupils will be happy to study in a conducive environment and this will also increase the enrolment of more students into the school.

“I will continue to do my best to give them good representation and touch their lives in my own little way,” the lawmaker added.

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Edo: Agric College Staff Protest Prolong Closure Of School By Obaseki

Staff of the Edo State College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, are currently protesting the prolonged closure of the Institution by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the College of Agriculture staff, in their numbers, on Thursday, took to major streets in Benin City under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of the Institution.

They accused the Governor Obaseki-led Edo State Government of being insensitive to their plight. Spokesperson for the protesters, said the College had been shut for over 3 years now.

He said Governor Obaseki had shut the college under the guise that it was due for renovation and revamping, yet, three years later, the School had remained closed.

The Iguoriakhi staff lamented that high-hopes of resumption by their students have been hanging for three years now, with those who had few weeks to graduate or serve currently stranded.

Today’s protest makes it about three times the College staff would be protesting in the last 30 days. A similar protest by staff of the College of Education, Ekiadolor – over salary arrears – held last week.

Even though an Industrial Court sitting in Ondo had declared the closure of Iguoriakhi college as unlawful, ordering immediate reopening and payment of outstanding salaries to staff, CAMPUS GIST gathered that the state government is yet to honour the court order since last year.

Efforts to obtain comment from Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, were unsuccessful. He had, however, dismissed previous protests by the Institutions’ staff as being “politically-motivated.”

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