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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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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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