All state owned tertiary and private institutions in Benue and Oyo States are set to reopen on September 21 and 28, respectively.
To that effect, the Benue State Commissioner for Education, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, while briefing journalists at the Government House, Makurdi, said both public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions are to abide by the directive.
He explained that the resumption is for first term of 2020 and 2021 academic session, stressing that third term for other categories of pupils and students except JSS 3 and SSS 3 had been cancelled including payment of school fees.
“Let me emphasise on the issue of school fees so there is no confusion because if third term is cancelled, school fees for the term is also cancelled. But in the case of JSS 3 and SSS 3, parents are expected to pay their third term fees. However, those who have not done third term, they don’t need to pay fees and this applies to private and public schools,” Ityavyar said.
The commissioner said it was the collective decision of stakeholders in the education sector in the state that all tertiary institutions be fumigated and COVID-19 protocols strictly observed.
He stated that parents are to provide facemasks and hand sanitizers while school authorities provide hand washing facilities and monitor compliance with social distancing in terms of sitting arrangement.
Professor Ityavyar noted that schools with high population would have to operate morning and afternoon sessions to avoid congestion, stressing that strict monitoring would be carried out to ensure compliance.
In the same vein, the Oyo State governor, Seyi
The governor had in July directed primary and secondary schools to reopen on September 21, six months after they were shut down to combat the spread of COVID-19.
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