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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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BREAKING: Nigeria Boycotts 2020 WAEC Exams

The federal government on Wednesday said Nigerian final year secondary school (SS3) students won’t participate in the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while addressing State House Correspondents after the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), in Abuja.

The Minister argued that WAEC as a body cannot determine the resumption date of schools in Nigeria.

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers posed by COVID-19.

Adamu declared that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He, therefore, called on governors that have announced the resumption of school in their states to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardize the lives of the students.

Details later…

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