After months of closure of schools brought by the advent of Coronavirus pandemic across states in Nigeria, some states have begun plans to reopen schools for resumption of academic activities.
On this note, the government of Kogi state has announced September 14, 2020 as resumption date for schools in the state without an exclusion.
Speaking in Lokoja, the state capital in Tuesday, the State’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Wemi Jones revealed that this decision was reached after several meetings with the stakeholders in the education sector and assessment of the level of readiness of both private and public schools for the resumption of schools.
The commissioner who recalled that the state’s governor directed the closure of schools in the state on 23rd of March, 2020 in a bid to curb the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, said his excellency has, after several meetings and deliberation with relevant stakeholders has declared September 14, 2020 as resumption of schools.
Jones stressed that the state government’s decision to reopen all classes was upon the success story from the resumed exit classes, ‘We have not recorded any negative report as far as COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. Hence, His Excellency dimmed it fit for every school to open for full academic activities”, he said.
He, however, advised all heads of schools to ensure full compliance with the COVID-19 protocols which had been clearly set out by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
He added that the ministry would 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.
Jones therefore enjoined all relevant educational stakeholders like ANCOPSS, ASSUS, SUBEB, NAPPS, NUT, STETSCOM, Heads of state’s Tertiary Institutions, and every other stakeholder to liaise with the ministry for further clarification.
He equally informed the general public, parents, guardians, schools heads that the state government was 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.
”We encouraged everybody to play their roles be ensuing 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.
Meanwhile, ASUU still maintains that the decision to reopen public universities across the country is Suicidal, arguing that is is absolutely impossible to maintain physical distancing.
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